Industry News

Fire Service Takes Issue with Foam Adhesives

According to this fire service official, the most glaring difference between modular construction and traditional stick built construction is the use of two-part polyurethane foam structural adhesives. 

Remarkable Tucson House Achieves "Negative-Zero"

The VISION House Series, a collection of incredibly advanced, high performance, truly sustainable homes built around the country, opened its latest project in Tucson.

Armstrong Appointed as New Head of SIPA

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) appointed Jack Armstrong as the association’s new Executive Director.

What is Energy Efficiency & Building Science News?

We believe there is a need for building science, building envelope, building design and energy efficiency-focused news that emanates from an engineering and design perspective.

200 Firefighters Battle Brooklyn Lumberyard Blaze

The Marly Building Supply lumberyard burst into an inferno early Saturday morning that raged for over four hours in the frigid morning, authorities said.

Top 5 House Plans Point to an Improved Market

The anecdotal evidence in Naples and at Hanley Wood points to significant improvement in the housing market.

Projecting Prices for SPF, OSB and Plywood

Canada's RBC Capital Markets projects a not so steady rise in SPF and plywood prices over the next two years.

NLRB Abandons Contentious Poster Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is backing down from a fight over a contentious regulation that would have required most businesses to display posters about union rights. 

'Tips for Training Designers' Workshop on Jan 14

Click here to sign up for the next SBCA Annual Workshop,Tips for Training Designers, on Tuesday, January 14.

MiTek Purchases Maker of Wizard PDS System

MiTek announced today that it has acquired Truss Industry Production Systems, Inc. (TIPS), the maker of the Wizard PDS system.

Combustible Dust Tops OSHA's Rulemaking List for 2014

The following are summaries of two rules that OSHA is working on that should be considered when planning for 2014 and beyond. 

Demographic Shift Favors Multifamily in the Long Term

In the near term, single-family and multifamily construction is likely to pick up. The longer-term outlook is more favorable for multifamily.

Top 10 Fastest Growing States Over Past 3 Years

By state, growth ranged from a high of 7.3 percent in North Dakota to a small loss in one state: Rhode Island's population fell by 0.1 percent between 2010 and 2013.

Palfinger Acquires Russian Crane Producer

Palfinger Group has signed an agreement to acquire 60% stake in Pod'emnye Mashiny by Palfinger CIS GmbH and 20% interest by Steindl Forsttechnik GmbH.

Investors Expect Multifamily Boom to Grow Even More

Contracting business is expected to continue to boom, a rising trajectory from the low-point of the Great Recession.

Protecting Innovation Key to Manufacturing Growth

Manufacturing continues to grow in the United States, fueled primarily by innovations in technology, human capital, and advances in the manufacturing process itself. 

2013: Housing Markets Creep Back to 'Normal'

Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity.

Top 10 Industry Headlines of 2013

With 2013 in the books, here is the list of the top ten SBC Industry News headlines from last year.

Don't Miss a Deadline with the 2014 Economic Calendar

With the passing of one year and the start of another, make your resolution to stay on top of what is influencing the markets with the attached 2014 Wells Fargo Economics Calendar.

New Index Measures Healthiest Housing Markets

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’ may be a common colloquialism, but all it takes is a guy comparing grass blades on a color wheel to clear up any misconceptions about whose lawn is truly greener. That’s what we’re attempting to do with the Market Health Index. The Great Recession and the aftermath of the housing bubble hit many markets hard, while others traveled through the last five years largely unaffected. Some devastated markets are bouncing back with vigor, while others languish.

Lumber's Upward Volatility to Continue in 2014

This has been a volatile year for lumber prices. A strong rise early in the year was followed by a significant drop as we approached mid-year; now prices have recovered as we approach year-end.

New Health Care Tax on Self-Insured Takes Effect

ObamaCare includes so many taxes that it's hard to keep track, but one of the worst takes effect on Jan. 1.

Truss Manufacturer Promotes Through the Building Code

To accommodate for new local, state and national building codes, architects and engineers have designed roof trusses built of 2x4s.

5 Ways Housing Will Be Different in 2014

Next year looks to be the year of the repeat home buyer, as worsening affordability discourages first timers and investors; also, the buying process will be less frenzied. Hot markets to watch are primarily in the South, Plains, and Mountain states. Rental activity will swing back toward urban apartments, away from single-family homes.

BC Sets New Records for Lumber Exports to China

After 10 months, the value of British Columbia's softwood lumber exports have broken a new record, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Thomson announced on December 13.

Recession Cut Mill Production to the Quick

Closings and mothballing took at least 5 billion board feet out of circulation during the recession. Forest Economic Advisors tracked 145 sawmills in the U.S. and Canada from October 2008 - October 2013. 

US LBM Grows PA Presence

US LBM Holdings, the fast-growing acquisition-oriented lumberyard company has acquired New Holland, Pa.-based Musselman Lumber. 

NFIB Small Business Optimism: Owners Remain Cautious

NFIB small business optimism rose 0.9 points to 92.5 in November, which only partially reverses the prior month’s drop. Businesses remain concerned about the outlook for the economy, sales and earnings.

TTT Level I Update Coming January 2014

Level I of the Online Truss Technician Training Program has been updated to current codes and standards. The update will be available in January 2014.

Millard Lumber Expands Operations

Millard Lumber Inc., headquartered in Omaha, NE has recently expanded its Midwest presence with the opening of a Component Manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, KS.