Industry News

Toll Brothers Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings (ending October 31, 2017) of $191.9 million. This compared to net income of $114.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.

A new report focuses on the number of homes sold to first-time homebuyers. Using 21 million first-time homebuyer records from mortgage origination data, this report spans two housing cycles over the past 24 years.

While many economists expect U.S. housing market growth trends to continue next year, homebuilders that focus on entry-level buyers could be the safest bet for further gains.

Trulia identified 10 housing markets to watch in 2018 among the 100 biggest markets, based on five key metrics: strong job growth over the past year, low vacancy rates, high starter-home affordability, more inbound than outbound home searches on Trulia and a large share of people under age 35.

One of the nation’s largest lumber producers based in Coeur d’Alene is acquiring Tricon Timber’s stud mill in St. Regis. The Idaho Forest Group, a family owned wood products company, announced the acquisition last week.

The next (2019) version of NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, is currently in a second draft, and public comments are being accepted until December 8, 2017.

At the Building Technologies Office (BTO), we’re conducting Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research to help bring connectedness – and the related energy savings – across the entire building sector, commercial and residential alike.

The building envelope provides barriers to heat/cold, air, water, light, and noise. From an energy efficiency standpoint, the barriers to temperature and air are the big ones—the idea is to “seal” the envelope from the outdoors just like that envelope carrying a letter in the mail.

Staycell ONE STEP 255 is a two-part, closed-cell, intumescent, spray polyurethane foam product used to insulate roof decks, ceilings, walls, siding or structural steel and to provide an integral air barrier / insulation / vapor retarder for building envelope assemblies.