Industry News

Calculating the Value of Deep Energy Retrofits

RMI has released a report, “How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner-Occupants”, that defines the non-energy costs and benefits, risk reductions and overall value of deep energy retrofits.

Study: Energy Efficient Retrofits Top Priority of US Mayors

Despite budget constraints, U.S. mayors expect to significantly expand their investment in energy technologies during the next five years, according to a new survey of nearly 300 cities.

Market for Energy Efficient & Sustainable Products to Soar to $234B by 2019

The revenue of green-building materials was $106.32 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $234.77 billion by 2019 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 12.5 percent between 2013-19.

ASHRAE Believes Energy Efficiency Lower Priority with Louisiana Sen. Landrieu as Chair

ASHRAE believes energy efficient construction may become a lower priority in the U.S. Senate with Senator Landrieu (D-LA) as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Energy Efficient & Sustainable Construction to Double Over Next 3 Years

Green homes comprised 23% of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26% and 33% of the market by 2016.

3-in-1 Sheathing: Structural, WRB & Air Barrier

To better understand the integral quality of a home’s structure, inspecting its unseen parts will usually tell the best story.

Top 10 Fastest Growing Economies Led by Oil & Gas Production

As nationwide growth accelerates, more and more local economies are expected to grow as well; these are America’s fastest growing economies.

OSU Joins Push for Wood Skyscrapers

Sustainability advocates have begun to push for new kinds of engineered wood products that can do the same job with less climate impact, and Oregon State University is aiming to take a leadership role in this emerging field.

SFPA President Unexpectedly Resigns

The Executive Committee of the Southern Forest Products Association announced Friday that Stephen P. Conwell will be stepping down as President, effective immediately.

Codes Threaten to Increase Multifamily Truss Installation Costs

New apartment and townhouse developments in Fort Collins may be required to take additional steps to protect their residents against fire.

Engineer Charged with Criminal Negligence After Collapse

A discredited engineer who declared a leaking northern Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its roof-deck garage collapsed was charged Friday in what police described as a “challenging investigation.”

Capital Area Golf Outing to Benefit BCMC Build

Please join us for the Capital Area Golf Tournament, held in conjunction with the SBC Legislative Conference on Tuesday, May 6 at the Fort Belvoir Gunston Golf Course in Fort Belvoir, VA. 

Windsor Building Systems Fire Destroys Warehouse

Last week, a fire broke out at Windsor Building Systems, a business that builds decking and wall panels in Madison, WI.

Top 10 Home Construction Potential: Medium Metro Areas

NerdWallet analyzed the top 100 most populous metro areas to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to homebuyers.  Here are the top 10 medium-sized metro areas for homeownership.

Modular Builders Counter Fire Service on Foam Adhesives

In response to an earlier Energy Efficiency & Building Science News article, Fire Service Takes Issue with Foam Adhesives, the Modular Building Systems Association submitted the following counter-point:

Clearing the Air on Sealing Attic Bypasses

The real reason attic bypasses need to be sealed is that these leaks are carrying away conditioned indoor air by convection.

Huntsman Expanding Global Polyetheramine Production 15%

The Performance Products, division of Huntsman Corporation, will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15%.

Polar Vortex Putting Energy-Efficient Homes to the Test

Cold snaps and power failures have triggered a moment of truth for advanced energy-efficient homes in the Northeast. JLC talked with some homeowners to find out the facts.

UK Leads the Way in Home Energy Efficiency Gains

Green building measures are providing substantial benefits in the United Kingdom’s housing sector.

Radiant Floors have New Insulation Requirements Under IECC

There is a new requirement for all radiant floor slabs in the 2012 IECC. The bottom floor slab must be insulated to an R-3.5 minimum corresponding to Table C403.2.8, Minimum Pipe Insulation.

Spending Bill a Mixed Bag for Energy-Efficient Construction

The President signed a bipartisan omnibus spending bill that provides $1 trillion in discretionary funding for federal programs; here are snapshots of building-construction program funding. 

Top 10 Markets Where Energy Efficiency Would Have Biggest Impact

According to data collected for last October, the average home bill for utilities and essential home services was $246.26. Here's the breakdown of 10 markets where the average bill is decidedly higher.

Simple Solution: Exterior Continuous Insulation with Drainage

When considering typical 2×6 construction under the IECC 2012, most builders will likely default to a minimum R-5 on the exterior side and batt-filled cavities to achieve the ‘20+5’ option.

Markets Prevail, Anti-PVC Group Abandons National Campaign

An environmental and public health watchdog group known for its campaigns against PVC and phthalates is shuttering its national campaigns to focus on grassroots activism and training.

The Future of MSR Production and Value Engineering

The MSR Lumber Producers Council and SBCA's Lumber in Components Council are pleased to announce they will be co-hosting an MSRLPC Workshop and Lumber Summit April 15-17 in San Diego, CA.

Industry Testing Report: Top-Chord Bearing of Parallel Chord Trusses

At the forefront of the SBC Industry Testing Task group's work is the top-chord bearing of parallel chord trusses testing project; there are two additional projects have also progressed.

Top 10 Multifamily Construction Metros for 2014

Though Washington, D.C. will see the most new units in 2014, with 19,279 scheduled for completion, some secondary metros are really raising the roof, according to MPF Research.

Top 10 Home Construction Potential: Small Metro Areas

NerdWallet analyzed the top 100 most populous metro areas to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to homebuyers.  Here are the top 10 small metro areas for homeownership.

Give Me a Break: Know Your Hourly Employee Requirements

There’s no taking a breather from the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some of its most arcane requirements pertain, in fact, to breaks.

2013 New Home Sales Increased 16.4%

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units in December; home sales in 2013 were up 16.4 percent over the previous year.