Industry News

Shift to Modular Construction by Multifamily Developers May Impact CMs

Multifamily Executive contributor Joe Bousquin weighs in on the rise of modular building in multifamily, as the cost of land, labor and materials continues to challenge developers.

FL Governor Vetoes Controversial Engineer Licensing Bill

HB 217 passed the Legislature, on April 24, 2015. However, Governor Scott ultimately vetoed the bill on June 11, 2015, citing reservations regarding the grandfathering clause and the need for all structural engineers to pass the SE exam.

Homebuilders Take Grassroots Approach to Influencing Building Code

What will the next edition of the model building codes look like? NAHB would like builders to have a proactive influence.

Industry Mourns Passing of Terry Lee Johnson

Terry Lee Johnson, 67, of Denton passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. He spent the majority of his working years as a sales manager in construction software equipment for Clary Company, Alpine Engineering, and Mitek Industries.

Video: Why Jess Lohse is Excited to Attend BCMC

Don't take our word for it, watch this short video where Jess Lohse (Rocky Mountain Truss) shares why he's excited to attend BCMC this year.

Structural Insulated Panels Used to Construct Antarctic Research Station

Enercept manufactured SIPs for the National Science Station at the South Pole. Here Summer temperatures average minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

UK Researchers Design Affordable 'Zero-Carbon' House

Designers at Cardiff University say they have constructed a net-zero house George Osborne once described as impossible.

Engineer Examines Effects of Fully Encapsulating Wood Framing with High-Density, Closed-Cell Foam

 It is not a problem to fully encapsulate framing members with high-density closed cell foam, regardless of your climate. 

Designers Propose Passive Net-Zero House that Transforms to the Weather

On a hot day, instead of cranking up the air conditioning, this house transforms: A screen and shell move out to wrap around the entire home, shading everything so it cools down.

Two Energy Reform Bills Move Forward to Senate Floor

Last week the US Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee approved two of the most talked-about energy bills since comprehensive legislative was last enacted nearly 10 years ago.

OSB Sales Increase Sharply, Prices Rise from 4-Year Lows

Although the pace of sales slowed Friday, some OSB producers said the week was the busiest they’d had in months.

Construction & Tech Organizations Partner to Improve Building Efficiency

In a move to integrate green building and information technology to improve building efficiency, productivity and health, the World Green Building Council and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have teamed up.

Architects Use Traditional Designs to Attract Buyers to Net-Zero Homes

With this net zero energy attainable community in Ashland, Mass., 30 miles west of Boston, Glenn Travis, principal of GMT Home Designs, knew the design had to match the traditional style homes in the neighborhood to bring in potential buyers.

Video: 'Green Police' Evaluate CalStar Masonry Alternative

In this video, Michael Anschel and Carl Seville look at several concrete masonry units, or CMUs, from CalStar. Not only are some of the CalStar bricks less expensive than traditional bricks, but they produce less carbon and the manufacturing process requires significantly less energy.

CertainTeed Introduces Latest Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation

With CertainTeed's new CertaSpray® X (CSX) Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation, contractors can save time by only needing one product to stop drafts and noise while ensuring code-compliant fire protection. 

July New Home Sales Predicted to Increase 4%

Zillow's Cory Hopkins offers a forecast on the sales front, as the firm expects new home sales to rise 4.2% in July, though it sees existing home sales falling 2.1% in July, a reversal of June's fortunes.

Federal Hearing Scheduled to Investigate Construction Labor Shortage

There is an increasing concern from multiple segments of the construction industry on the availability of a skilled workforce, as well as the productivity of the buildings workforce today and into the future.

Consensus: Forecasters Revise 2015 Starts Downward

Random Lengths reported this week, “a slow start to the year, similar to 2014, has caused housing analysts to dial back their U.S. housing starts forecasts for 2015.”

Could 3D Printing Someday Replace Wood Trusses?

A Tennessee startup company's 3D printing technology could enable builders to create strong, lightweight structures while dramatically cutting costs.

Stock Reports 2Q Profits Up, Purchases Gullford Building Supply

Stock reported gross profit in the second quarter of 2015 was $86.4 million, up $4.2 million, or 5.1%, compared to $82.2 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily as a result of increased sales volume. 

Deal Final, BFS Become Nation's Largest LBM

Builders FirstSource (BFS) announced today it has completed its acquisition of ProBuild, thus creating at $6.1 billion in revenue the biggest pro-oriented lumber and building material supplier in America.

Neighbors Object to New Truss Plant Proposal in Connecticut

A proposal to locate an roof truss manufacturing and storage operation in a largely rural area of Northern Harford County, met with stiff opposition from some area residents during a review of the site plan.

BCMC Build Reveals First Recipient, Unveils New Website

This is the story of the first of 2015 BCMC Build’s two recipients. It illustrates the importance and value of this annual charity construction project, which provides a mortgage-free home to deserving individuals.

Why NFC's FrameSAFE Helps Reduce Jobsite Risks

The National Framers Council (NFC) was created with a primary mission of helping to ensure that all framers leave the jobsite each day in the same health as they arrived in the morning.

New USP Structural Connector App Developed for iPhone

MiTek announced today the release of a new iPad and iPhone app for viewing the new USP Structural Connectors 2015-2016 catalog.

Selena USA Introduces New Wood Panel Adhesive

Selena USA, Inc. has introduced its new TYTAN Subfloor High Yield Adhesive that features innovative collapsing gel adhesive technology specifically formulated for installing subfloor, and other horizontal wood panel applications, such as roofing. 

US DOL Clarifies Proper Jobsite Labor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor today issued guidance to assess whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor.

9 Products to Have on Your Jobsite to Improve Safety

From precision instruments like the Casella dust monitor to the ultra-comfortable Redbacks kneepads, these products stand out as smart, dependable choices.

ICC Promotes 'Up to 30%' Increase in Energy Efficiency with 2015 IECC

Adoption of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will make compliance easier for new homes that are inspected for an Energy Ratings Index (ERI) under the Home Energy Rating System (HERS).

ICC & ASHRAE Reach Agreement on IgCC Development Roles

In a deal nearly two years in the making, the International Code Council and ASHRAE have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization's role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the IgCC.