Industry News

West Fraser Expands, Buys Travis Lumber Mill

West Fraser announced today that it has acquired Travis Lumber Company’s sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations based in Mansfield, Arkansas. 

SFPA & SLMA Launch SYP Export Promotion

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) have announced plans to reactivate their joint promotional program under the Southern Pine Council (SPC) banner.

Register Today for the 2014 SBC Legislative Conference

We're storming the Capitol! Register today for the 2014 SBC Legislative Conference. 

Free Online Calculator: R-Values & Costs of Building Envelope Assemblies

A team of software developers is offering a free online calculator you can use to compare the thermal performance and cost of a variety of roof, floor, and wall assemblies.

Ohio Anti-LEED Legislation Passes Senate

The Ohio State Senate passed Ohio Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 (SCR 25) which asserts that LEED v4 should no longer be used by Ohio state agencies and government entities.

Knowledge is Power: Know OSB Sheathing Performance & Options

An understanding of how fastener size and installation method can affect the strength of shear walls (a.k.a., braced wall panels) is critical to providing proper wall bracing.

EPA Chief Forges Working Relationships with Industry

U.S. energy companies don't see eye to eye with the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency. But for the first time in years, they have begun to fashion something resembling a working relationship.

Hanley Offers Course on Alternative to Foam Sheathing

Stone wool is often specified for its superior properties such as energy efficiency, sustainability, fire protection, water resistance, and sound control.

Bayer Expands Construction Foam Capacity Through DuPont Purchase

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has bought a Texas polyurethane feedstock plant from DuPont Co.

Risk Factors Affecting Economic Growth

For decision makers, gauging the future pace of economic growth is one of five fundamental inputs for planning, production and pricing decisions today. 

CertainTeed Now Single Source for Roof Envelope Solutions

Strengthening its position as a one-stop-shop for complete roof solutions, CertainTeed announced the introduction of seven new roofing ventilation products.

House to Approve Energy-Star-Like Commecial Building 'Tenant Star' Legislation

The House of Representatives is expected to approve an energy efficiency bill on Tuesday, a rare bipartisan breakthrough on energy policy.

'Truss Me!' App Training Next Generation of Engineers

An iPad app designed to teach children about structural engineering has taken the US by storm, reaching #22 on the download charts for the iconic tablet brand.

China's Appetite for Logs & Lumber Grows Considerably

Importation of logs and lumber to China reached a new record in 2013 with lumber imports being up 19% and log imports increasing 23% from 2012.

Manufacturer Charged in Death of Cyclist During Truss Delivery

Eastern Roof and Floor Truss Manufacturing Inc. and a company supervisor are charged with being responsible for the death of Douglas Hancock in September, 2011.

Chill in Housing Market Due to More Than Cold Weather

While unseasonably cold and snowy weather has taken much of the blame for the short-fall in the economic data, particularly those related to construction, there may be more than cold weather sending a chill through the housing market. 

Carter Lumber Growing Operations in Ohio

Carter Lumber, the 144-unit pro dealer based in Kent, Ohio, is bringing the employees and operations of its Medina, Ohio, location into its Carter-Jones Lumber location in Akron, OH.

OSHA Proposes Extending Crane Certification Until 2017

OSHA intends to extend the compliance date for construction crane operator certification by three years from November 10, 2014 until November 10, 2017.

Stock Expands Component Operations in Utah and Southeast

Last year, Stock acquired Total Building Services Group, to provide structural components in the Richmond and Northern Virginia markets and expanded its structural components business in Utah and the Carolinas.

Saratoga Lumber Traders Ceases Truss Operations

Saratoga Lumber Traders, a lumber and truss company that could trace its family roots back to 1822, closed their doors on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Deco Truss & Cubicco to Construct Hurricane-Resistant Homes

Deco Truss has partnered with Cubicco, a Dutch pre-fabricated modular home producer.

International Paper Alters Pensions Due to Heavy Benefit Obligation

International Paper Co., Memphis, Tenn., will freeze the accrued benefits of salaried employees in its U.S. defined benefit pension fund effective Jan. 1, 2019, according to a 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH)  renewed their push for a national energy efficiency strategy by reintroducing an updated version of the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) on Thursday.

Video: Shale Development Boon for US Plastics Industry

From new plastics facilities along the Gulf Coast to new steel facilities in the Rust Belt, shale development is revitalizing America’s manufacturing base – providing thousands of jobs, lowerenergy bills, and cleaner power along the way.

New Construction Standard: Out "Net-Zero," In "Net-Positive"

A new generation of high-performance buildings are demonstrating they can do a lot better by attaining "net zero" use of energy, water and waste.

Federal Environmental 'Command-and-Control' Approach Failing

Mounting evidence of failures to reach objectives, excessive costs, and rising public resentment should have at least led to an admission that environmental command-and-control (CaC) approaches had become obsolete.

Congressional Energy Efficiency Bill Alters Fossil Fuel Reduction Targets: 35% by '15, 45% by '20

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, could be a huge bipartisan breakthrough, but it could also be taken down by an amendment that targets the federal government's 2030 fossil fuel reduction mandate.

Step-By-Step Approach to a Deep Energy Retrofit

Here's a look at a brick row house in Brooklyn, New York, going through a gut-rehab renovation and deep energy retrofit to super high-performance Passive House standards.

Enhanced Insulation & Sealants Help KB Homes Maintain Commitment Net-Zero Homes

KB Homes unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles County, designed to achieve both net-zero energy status, and zero freshwater irrigation use by a family of four or more.

Homebuilder's Labor Shortage an Opportunity for Components

In a just-issued NAHB survey, 65% of builders listed the rising cost and shrinking availability of labor as a major challenge.