Industry News

FLIR Introduces Powerful Pocket-Sized Infrared Camera to Help Improve Energy Efficiency

At IBS 2015, Flir Instruments introduced the FLIR C2 - it's smallest, albeit not its least expensive, infrared camera. Designed to fit in a shirt pocket, the C2 offers some nice features that make it a good fit for the general contractor.

Video: The Many Challenges of Installing Fiberglass Batt Insulation Correctly

The difficulty of installing fiberglass batts is well-known in our circles. Patrick Dundon, an insulation contractor in Windsor, N.Y. stated it well: "To perform at maximum R-value, fiberglass batt insulation must be installed perfectly."

Multifamily Energy Efficiency Audits and Consulting Becoming Big Business

Multifamily building stock in the United States has great potential for significant energy efficiency gains, with energy savings estimated at $9 billion, according to a recent report from the Institute for Market Transformation.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Measure Amended onto Keystone Pipeline Bill

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that is aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings.

Autodesk BIM Partnership to Enhance Building Lifecycle Management

Schneider Electric and Autodesk plan to collaborate to enhance current practices for building lifecycle management based on Building Information Modeling (BIM).

National Homebuilders Aiming to take 'Net-Zero' Mainstream

Net-zero homes are going mainstream, if the home-building industry has anything to do with it.

Poll: Energy Efficiency is Housing's Top Unmet Concern

The No. 1 unmet housing concern, defined as the “satisfaction gap” between what respondents actually have and what they said was important, was energy efficiency.

Foam-Free Alternatives to Insulating a Home?

This article provides recommendations for those who want to build a foam-free house.

2018 Code Changes Now Being Accepted

Proposals have been turned in for the first round of changes to the 2018 International Residential Code, including 11 submitted by NAHB.

Video: Reviewing Tyvek's New Insulated Housewrap

Lauren Hunter, Chief Products Editor for Hanley Wood and Matt Risinger, Principal of Risinger Homes, get their hands on Dupont’s Tyvek Thermawrap R5.0, which introduced the insulated housewrap category to the building products industry.

SBCA & WoodWorks Offer Wood Truss Education

SBCA and WoodWorks both offer information to engineers, architects, builders on roof trusses.

Find Out How MSR Can Make You More Profitable

The MSR Lumber Producers Council is happy to announce it will once again be hosting its popular MSR Workshop April 21-23, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mark your calendars today.

When Workers Choose, They Don't Choose Unions

The story seems to be that when given a choice, many union members would rather not pay for the privilege.

Single-Family Starts Top 1M in '14, Greater Growth Ahead

Housing starts ended 2014 at a 1.089 million-unit pace, while November’s number was revised upward.

Multifamily Starts to Remain Strong in 2015, Level Off in 2016

The multifamily market has had strong demand in recent years and is set to remain that way in 2015 despite certain headwinds that could affect the industry.

US Small Businesses Feeling Good About Economy

Optimism among small businesses in December reached its highest level since October 2006, the National Federation of Independent Business reported.

Fed Indicates Mid-Year Rate Hike, Investors Not So Sure

Federal Reserve officials are on track to start raising short-term interest rates later this year, even though long-term rates are going in the other direction amid new investor worries about weak global growth.

Study: Immigrant Labor Flow Tied Closely to New Home Construction

As housing demand picks up, there is a greater need for immigrant workers to fill the number of construction openings.

Realtor's Top 10 New Housing Markets to Watch in 2015

Here are the top 10 hot markets to watch this year and combined new-home closings from 2012 through 2014.

Better Market Prompts Dutchcraft Truss to Expand

A local truss manufacturer, Dutchcraft Truss & Metal, is on the verge of expanding to increase production.

Domestic Sheet-Steel Demand Soft, Driving Prices Slowly Lower

Platts held its hot-rolled assessment to $560-$570/st and its cold-rolled assessment to $690-$710/st. All prices are normalized to a Midwest (Indiana) ex-works basis.

Washington State Considers $60M Energy Efficiency Package

In addition to carbon emission reduction, clean transportation, and a clean fuel standard, the package requests $60 million for the Clean Energy Fund to help research institutions, utilities and businesses develop, demonstrate and deploy new renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

DOE Seeks Public Comment on Defining 'Zero Energy Buildings'

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) seeks to develop common definitions for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs). Written comments and information are requested on or before February 20, 2015.

Study: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Jobs Growing Rapidly

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in green construction have continued growing and the organization highlights the importance of marketable skills for those in the building industry.

Senator Inhofe Targets Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as Top Priority

Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)  is among top four legislative priorities for senator James Inhofe (Republican-Oklahoma), the newly elected chairman of the Senate Committee which deals with the issue.

BASF & Dow Join Public-Private Partnership to Develop Advanced Composite Plastics

BASF, Dow Chemical and General Electric are among the 57 companies participating in the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a new public-private partnership.

Town Considers Banning Vinyl Siding, Cites 'Lower Property Values' in Historic Districts

If newly elected city councilman Joe Marino III has his way, the small city of Gretna, Louisiana, will ban vinyl siding on new construction and remodeling projects in the city's two historic districts. 

Video: Builder Promotes Easy Moisture Control with New Flexible Flashing

If you need to make a custom Window or Door Sill Pan, or flash a Pipe, Wire, or Deck Ledger there is not a better product than Elastoform. 

Heaton to Lead Sales & Marketing for Atlas Roofing's Polyiso Division

Atlas Roofing Corp., announced Steve Heaton will oversee product sales and marketing for the polyiso division including Atlas Roof Insulation and the Wall CI Board.

Labor Board to Rule on High Profile Unionization Cases

The National Labor Relations Board is expected in the coming weeks to weigh in on several high-profile labor cases with major implications on workforce and union issues, ranging from college football players to fast food restaurants.