Industry News

What's Going On in the Structural Building Components Industry?

Are you wondering what the latest developments are within the Structural Building Components Industry? Do you have questions or concerns about issues in your marketplace? 

Gear Up: Great Ideas on Recruiting and Training Designers

The lineup of educational sessions at this year’s BCMC show reflects the industry’s need to find, train and retain quality employees. Gear up for the growth of your business with these sessions led by industry veterans.

Six Easy Ways to Invigorate Your Safety Briefings

Safety briefings can be boring. This Workplace Safety Blog entry has some tips on spicing these meetings up for maximum impact.

Insurance Industry Promoting More Resilient Home Construction

Recognizing the need for disaster mitigation, more states and municipalities are establishing guidelines for builders, contractors and homeowners for methods designed to protect structures from extreme weather conditions.

Infographic: Construction and Roofing Among Most Dangerous Jobs

Construction workers and roofers are some of the most dangerous jobs in America, with a larger percentage of those fatalities coming from falls.

Safety Culture is Fostered Over Time, Not 'Fixed'

Companies need to realize that a strong safety culture requires an ongoing commitment – it’s not something that you just “fix.”

Video: Business Owner Learns Safety Affects Everyone Personally

A business owner learns a huge hard lesson when one of his workers is seriously hurt on the job.

Fall Protection Enforcement Continues to Rise

Complying with OSHA's revised roofing safety requirements has gotten a lot harder for trades working on residential roofs since the agency began enforcing the new standard in 2013.

Top 30 Cities for Commercial Office Green Building Adoption

CBRE's inaugural Green Building Adoption Index benchmarks how the 30 largest commercial office markets in the U.S. rank for adoption of "green" space.

IgCC Evolution to Prompt Further Changes to LEED

The path to compliance for environmentally sustainable construction comprises a web of standards and regulations (most voluntary) that are often out of sync.

ICC Begins Testing Online Plan Review Software

Technical Services and Avolve Software staff continue fine tuning ePlan, ICC's new online plan review software. Following more technical upgrades, testing for the new system should begin in October.

ACC and USGBC Form Initiative to Advance Latest Version of LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced a new initiative designed to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings.

Wood Industry Analyzes Impacts of Latest LEED Version Changes

The following is the executive summary of "LEEDv4: Understanding the Changes and Implications for Use of Wood as a Building Material," published by the Dovetail Partners (and attached below), which provides the wood industry's analysis of the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standard.

Strength Axis: Why OSB Roof Sheathing Orientation Matters

This brief Q&A looks at why the strength axis of OSB is important for roof sheathing but not for corner bracing.

Setting Energy-Efficient 'Super Windows' Requires the Right Sheathing and Tape

Last week, the European-made Schuco super-windows for the Passive House project arrived, and it was "all hands on deck" for a day while the project managers and crews came together on site to install 27 windows in three hours.

NAFRA Launches Video Series Promoting Safety Benefits of Flame Retardants

Fire safety technology allows new energy-saving building products to comply with domestic safety standards and laws.

PulteGroup Purchases Ohio's Dominion Homes

PulteGroup, Inc. has acquired the real estate assets of Dublin, Ohio-based Dominion Homes, a homebuilder with a significant presence in the Ohio and Kentucky markets.

Energy-Efficient Framing Detail for Interior/Exterior Wall Intersection

This article reviews an energy-efficient way to frame where an interior wall meets an exterior wall.

Masters Competition Heats Up Early, See How Many Points You Have!

The first round of Masters Competition points are in and you may be on the list! 

Skilled-Worker Shortage Impacting Construction Industry

Nearly two-thirds of AGC survey respondents say they have encountered a shortage of skilled labor in the last year — particularly in the South and Midwest

Lumber Prices Climb on Heels of Strong Housing Reports

Lumber, which is closely tied to the construction industry, has been rising with the restrengthening housing market, reaching a five-month high Friday at $355 per thousand board feet.

Alexander Lumber Hires Former ProBuild Sr. VP as CEO

Alexander Lumber, a lumber dealer with 20 yards across the U.S., today announced the hiring of Russ Kathrein as its new CEO.

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Launch Joint Website

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

Alpine Reborn: ITW's BCG Rebrands Itself Under Familiar Name

ITW Building Components Group, an Illinois Tool Works Inc. company, announced today that it has completed a comprehensive business rebranding initiative and changed its business name to Alpine.

BCMC Exhibitors 4Ward Consulting & Hundegger Help You 'Gear Up'

This year at BCMC, our theme is Standing Strong and Gearing Up for Growth!  As the show rapidly approaches, exhibitors want to let you know how they are going to help you "gear up" for success.

Video: SBCA Members Wondering "How Are You Gearing Up?"

With BCMC fast approaching, SBCA members what to know, "how are you gearing up?"

Tony Arce, Father of the Q-Factor, Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart, we report that Antonio “Tony” Arce, founder and owner of Arce Engineering, recently passed away in Miami, Florida.

National Framers Council Launches Monthly News Headlines, Subscribe Today!

On Wednesday, September 3, the National Framers Council (NFC) will distribute its first edition of Framing News

BCMC Fosters Innovation of the Building Envelope

By all indications, this is the year to attend the BCMC show.

NYC Audit Reveals 9 out of 10 Building Plans Fail to Meet Energy Code

New York City's Department of Buildings began auditing thousands of architectural plans and found nine of every 10 have failed to meet the energy code.