Industry News

Polyurethane: A Material Frank Lloyd Wright Would Appreciate

Polyurethane products used in construction help combine aesthetics (form) and purpose (function).

GAF Begins Shipments from New Roof Insulation Production Facility

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has started shipments from its new thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and polyisocyanurate (ISO) plant in Cedar City, Utah. 

Air Barriers, Vapor Barriers, and Drainage Planes, Oh my!

There's widespread confusion about the roles of the materials used in construction. It's important that know when and how to use the different materials.

Boral Launches New Poly-Ash Siding

Identifying a gap in the siding market, Roswell, Georgia-based Boral introduced the Boral TruExterior Siding Craftsman Collection.  

Knauf Insulation Finalizes Acquisiton of Guardian

Calling it a landmark occasion, Shelbyville, Indiana-based Knauf Insulation completed its acquisition of Guardian Insulation. 

Demand for Radiant Barrier OSB Rising Quickly

OSB traders report that radiant barrier sheathing, which first came to the market a little more than a decade ago, now accounts for a vast majority of roof sheathing in the Southwest. 

3D-Printed Ceramic 'Lego' Brick Doesn't Need Mortar

A team at Cornell has developed a unique ceramic brick that snaps together like legos.

US Economic Expansion Predicted to Last 2 More Years

After a puzzling first-quarter contraction, growth has returned, though the recovery remains the weakest since the second world war.

OSHA's Top Four Jobsite Priorities for Potential Citations

With an increase in job-site injuries and fatalities, OSHA will be targeting construction sites this year.

Components Integral Part of Estimated $3.7T Building Envelope Market

The International Energy Agency estimates that heating and cooling loads across the globe can be reduced by as much as 40% simply by using efficient building envelope technologies.

Cubicco Designs High Velocity Hurricane Zone Homes

Cubicco offers the highest standard of comfort, safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability, for an extremely competitive price.

Video: Builder's Biggest Challenge? Getting Paid for Energy Efficiency

Several leading innovators were asked what they see as the single biggest challenge for the housing industry in building durable, affordable, and appealing homes over the next 10 years.

Pre-Fab "Micro Units" a Housing Solution for Millennials?

A group of young Northeastern University alumni have developed an approach to apartment construction and urban design that appeals to Millennials' wallets.

US LBM Buys NY's Samuel Feldman Lumber

In what ranks as one of the biggest deals this year among building material dealers, US LBM announced that it acquired Samuel Feldman Lumber

Top 10 Multifamily New Construction Permit Markets

In June, the annualized rate of multifamily permit activity dropped by double-digit percentage for the second straight month. 

Gear Up, Register Early & Save!

BCMC 2014 begins in less than eight weeks and you don't want to miss out on the biggest show in five years.

Team Up and Hunt Down the Old Grey Wolf

The SBC Masters Contest has officially started and the only thing left to do is for YOU to start your recruitment team.

AIA Promotes Online Performance Standards Design Guide for High-Performance Buildings

The AIA announced it will promote the National Performance-Based Design Guide (NPBDG) by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to its members as a resource. 

Benchmark Testing System Created to Factor Out Weather's Impact on Energy Consumption

An energy consultancy has developed an energy benchmarking system with the proven ability to factor out the impact of variations in weather on energy consumption.

City/State Energy Usage Disclosure Requirements for Commercial Buildings Grow

The City Council of Cambridge, MA voted unanimously on July 28, 2014 to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO).

NC General Assembly Rolls Back Energy Efficiency Requirements

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 201, turning back efforts to increase energy efficiency in that state. 

Senate Looks to Reduce Overlap in Energy Efficiency Programs

The Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee has released its draft bill for fiscal year 2015.

Researchers Explore 'Hybrid Energy Modeling Method' to Improve EnergyPlus Modeling

One the 14 research projects recently receiving funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve the energy efficiency of America’s buildings involves a “hybrid energy modeling method.”

Study: 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index (HERS) Requirements Cost Effective

RESNET commissioned the Florida Solar Energy Center to undertake an analysis to determine the cost effectiveness of the Energy Rating Index requirements of the 2015 IECC.

Shell in Permit Process on Ethane Cracker in PA

A recent air quality permit application filed with Pennsylvania regulators by Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC for a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker gives an early glimpse of the project after years of speculation about the company's plans.

Eyeing the Best Safety Glasses on the Market

After years of wearing safety glasses I can recommend a couple of reliable standbys and a more expensive pair I recently bought and am really happy with.

Metal Construction Highlights BCSI for Safe Installation of Cold-Formed Steel Trusses

Cold-formed steel (CFS) trusses are a non-combustible and versatile option for commercial roofs; their excellent strength-to- weight characteristics provide very good clear span capacity.

BFS Makes Third Acquisition, Purchases Truss Rite

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource purchased Truss Rite, marking the company's third acquisition of the summer.

Simpson Launches Joist Hanger Selector App

Simpson Strong-Tie has released a new web-based Joist Hanger Selector app that makes it easier for customers to select the most appropriate and cost-effective hanger for their projects.

Stock's Growth Strategy: Capture More 'White Space'

Stock Building Supply laid out a growth strategy to current and potential investors today that seeks to capture more of what it calls the "white space" in housing's recovery.