Industry News

Sprayfoam Manufacturer Recognized for Exceptional Worker Safety

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is proud to recognize Premium Spray Products for achieving a key worker safety milestone.

Massachusetts Grant Program Launched for Net Zero Energy Buildings

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is pleased to announce the release of the Program Opportunity Notice (PON) for the Pathways to Zero Grant Program.

Comprehensive EU Energy Policy Approach Lesson for US

A comprehensive national U.S. policy would seem the most sensible way to establish a secure American energy future.

Knauf Insulation Acquires Guardian Fiberglass Division

Knauf Insulation in Shelbyville, Ind., agreed to acquire the fiberglass and laminated building products segments of Guardian Industries.

Dow VP Urges Greater Collaboration Within Polyurethane Industry

Dow Chemical Co.’s global vice president polyurethanes Mark Bassett urged members of the polyurethane industry to collaborate more.

Paul Luneack of Bear Truss Passes Unexpectedly

Paul Brian Luneack, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 31, 2014. He helped his brother, Phil, run Bear Truss in St. Louis since 1983.

Stock Leads Sales Surge in Building Material Sector

Overall, the sales data from the publicly traded companies focused on home improvement and building materials shows a trend toward growth.

Simpson Explores Wood Truss Design Responsibilities

Do you ever wonder who the responsible parties were for the design and construction of the roof above?

Emerging Trend? NYC's First Modular Apartments Hit Rental Market

With Douglas Elliman Development Marketing launching leasing for The Stack, Manhattan’s first modular residential building has hit the rental market.

Superior Truss & Panel Moves to Gary, IN

The Gary City Council approved a tax abatement Tuesday for Superior Truss and Panel, which is moving its facility from Markham, Ill., to the Miller, IN area.


Wood Framing Surges in Australian Multifamily Construction

Property development trends across Australia indicate an increasing preference for timber construction in the medium rise housing segment.

NY Fire Chiefs Urge Mandatory Sprinklers in Residential Code

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) unanimously passed a resolution calling upon the New York State Code Council to adopt the International Residential Building Code without amendment.

Timberlake Truss Works Expands Operations in OK

Timberlake Truss Works is expanding to provide wood trusses to meet the construction needs of businesses in the Oklahoma area. 

Trucking Industry Urges Suspension of Hours of Service Restrictions

Members of the trucking industry urged key senators on June 3 to approve a one-year suspension of restart restrictions aimed at truck drivers.

BMC Relocates HQ from Boise to Atlanta

BMC, ranked eighth on the ProSales 100 list of building materials suppliers, will move its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho, to fast-growing Atlanta, Ga. 

Builder's Site Says Tyvek Thermawrap R5.0 Most Popular Product in 2013

It seems builders shifted their focus in 2013 from alternative energy back to the wide variety of products that help creative interiors and exteriors come together.

Techniques Using Less Wood & Less Labor Save Energy, and Builders Money

Although many builders believe high-performance techniques add to the cost of a project, building science–based approaches can conserve a considerable amount of time and money, while also cutting down on customers’ energy bills.

Building Code Changes Mean Greater Energy Savings

How big a role can building codes play in reducing energy waste? Homes built after the code change consumed, on average, 4% less electricity and 6% less natural gas.

Polyethylene-Based Structural Material Stronger Than Plywood?

A new material made from plant leaves could be replace plywood for many uses. The material is strong, waterproof, cheap and easy to make.

Boise Cascade Introduces New Fire-Resistant I-Joist

Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products has announced yet another fire-resistant joist product or product installation technique designed to increase residential fire protection.

Crowe: Homebuilders Ramping Up Lot Development Efforts

Developers are working to restart the supply chain of developed lots to meet the expected pent-up demand.

Video: Builder's Favorite Floor System Includes Trusses

This builder has been building homes for 15 years now and floor trusses used in conjunction with Advantech decking is by far my favorite floor system!

Builder Amazed by Steel/Wood Hybrid Trusses

Here's a review of the RedBuilt Open-Web Wood/Steel Trusses, which enabled this builder to do some really cool architectural features.

MiTek Launches New Design Software in UK

MiTek Industries Ltd, has announced the UK and Irish launch of its new roof design software Pamir.

TrusJoist Insulated Lumber Product Line Launched

Trus Joist TJ Insulated Structural Framing Components make it a bit easier to build energy-efficient structures.

500 CEOs Rank Top & Bottom States for Business

In the 10th annual survey of CEOs concerning their views of the best and worst states for business, over 500 CEOs across the U.S. responded.


Report Cards: Grading the Nation's Public Homebuilders

These report cards reflect what the top public home builders did as a whole and individual organizations did with that capital, and how they managed opportunity and positioned themselves for 2014’s further challenges.

Top 10 Emerging Home Builders

Here is a list of the 10 fastest-growing builders of the Next 100 and the percentage of growth for each compared to 2012's closings.

The Benefits of Teaming Up with Your Building Officials

Are you ever confused about the duties and powers of building officials and how they affect you and your business? 

Update: California Meeting on High Performance Attics and Walls, Feedback Requested

This article is an update on the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) stakeholder meetings that discussed proposed code changes for the 2016 Title 24 code update on May 8, 2014.