Industry News

BCMC Fosters Innovation of the Building Envelope

By all indications, this is the year to attend the BCMC show.

NYC Audit Reveals 9 out of 10 Building Plans Fail to Meet Energy Code

New York City's Department of Buildings began auditing thousands of architectural plans and found nine of every 10 have failed to meet the energy code.

Senate Version of Defense Bill Promotes ICC 700 Green Standard

The Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act FY 2015 includes a new reference to ANSI/NAHB/ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

Coalition Agrees to Collaborate on IGCC and Green Building Standards

An unprecedented coalition aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes.

Consultant Recommends Doubling Foam Insulation for Radiant Slabs

A consulting engineer who specializes in hydronic-heating-system design recommends specifying a minimum of 2-inch extruded polystyrene insulation under all heated slabs, even those in basements with no floor coverings.

Engineered Wood Products Industry Promotes Insulated Headers

Headers are among the areas in which the engineer can maximize the airtightness and insulation in a structural frame. 

Pactiv Insulation Business Purchased by Ireland's Kingspan Group

Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan Group plc is acquiring the insulation business of Pactiv Building Products as part of a strategic move to gain access into the U.S. market for energy-efficient houses.

Top 10 Markets for New Residential Construction

Housing starts numbers out today surprised many observers with its strength (+15.7%), but we find it to have been in line with our actual counts, released earlier this month. As we predicted, last month’s Census estimate was revised upward, and now the numbers are back in line with the trends revealed by the Metrostudy roll-ups.

VIDEO: NYC's 1WTC Two-Minute Time-lapse Construction

Six years of construction of the One World Trade Center has been condensed into a fascinating two-minute timelapse video.

Brooklyn based photographer Benjamin Rosamond took around 30,000 photographs of the 104-storey building from the day construction began in 2006 to the day when the final beam was laid in 2012.

Housing Starts Rebound Sharply in July

After a disappointing June report, housing starts rebounded to an annual rate of 1.093 million for a 15.7% increase over the upwardly revised June level.

ICC CEO Outlines New Framework for Code Development

An underlying element from the Code Council's Vision 2023 strategic planning initiative is establishing an appropriate framework for the development of the International Codes (I-Codes). 

Canadian Forestry Sector Educating Chinese on Wood Construction

Chinese educators are spending three weeks this month honing their wood frame building skills at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

City Council Approves Tax Break for Empire Truss

By a 4-1 split decision, members of the Ferris city council approved the city’s staff to proceed with a tax abatement agreement between Empire Truss and the city. 

Builders Report Serious Shortages of Trusses

Fifteen percent of builders reported some or serious shortages of trusses or clay bricks, the highest incidence among the more than 20 materials builders were asked about.

Quick Tie Appoints Davidson, P.E. as VP of Engineering

Quick Tie Products Inc., announced the appointment of Lesley J. Davidson, PE as Quick Tie’s Vice President of Engineering and Technical Matters 

Hey CMs, Make Sure Your Suppliers 'Make the List' of Industry Supporters!

This year at BCMC, SBCA will make an extra focus on recognizing supplier members who support the component manufacturing industry.

Keymark Family Members Involved in Tragic Accident

On August 16 several members of the Keymark family were involved in a serious car crash while sightseeing in South Africa prior to a tradeshow in Johannesburg.  

Top 10 Reasons to be Excited About BCMC

We look forward to seeing each of you this October 7-10 in Charlotte, NC. Don’t miss out ON THE BIGGEST SHOW IN FIVE YEARS – register today!

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.