Industry News

BFS Completes Acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin, Inc., effective Oct. 1, 2014.

MiTek Sees Dramatic Rise in Automation and Software Integration

High-Speed Saws Linked to Precision CAD/3D Models and Automated Layout Systems Have Automated the Wood Frame Construction Process.

Top 10 Industry News Stories from Q3

Here are the top 10 most read SBC Industry News headlines from the third quarter.

States Leading Fight Against Fall Protection Enforcement

OSHA has started requiring fall protection for residential construction sites, but many contractors and officials in seven states, including Arizona, have refused to comply, setting off a fight between the federal and state governments.

BCMC Build has Begun, Answer the Challenge!

Our charity build project, BCMC Build 2014, got underway this morning in Charlotte, NC!  

If you haven’t heard yet, BCMC has a…

We have an app for the 2014 BCMC Show this year. It already seems to be gaining some traction and we’re excited about what it can do!

Simpson Strong-Tie Staff and SBCA Officers Meet to Affirm SBCA Design Software Policy

SBCA officers met on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 with Mike Bugbee and Stan Sias of Simpson Strong-Tie (Simpson) to discuss concerns by an SBCA member in Florida.

Passive House Beats Wisconsin Winters With 18-Inch-Thick Walls

Achieving the airtight passive house that uses less energy through superior trapping of heat and cool air is a far more difficult feat is harsh climates.

Students Upgrade 1933-Inspired Housing Development with Energy Efficient Design

A group of students and faculty members from the University of Tennessee has reinterpreted an 80-year-old regional housing model and updated it with smart design, sustainable materials and high-performance construction.

Can Plants & Garbage Replace Foam Insulation?

In some applications, fiberglass insulation, foam insulation, and wood can be replaced by manufactured alternatives that are made from waste materials and select raw materials. 

Improving Construction Market + Stricter Energy Efficiency Standards = Greater Polyurethane Demand

Demand for polyurethane products continues to grow in the U.S., largely propelled by the continued recovery of the construction sector and stringent energy-efficiency standards.

Opinion: California's Prop 65 is Encouraging Litigators to Destroy Small Businesses

Golden State bounty hunters are cashing in on a ubiquitous labeling law, Proposition 65. Small businesses are footing the bill.

BASF Adds Paper Chemicals to Performance Products Segment

German chemical giant BASF has plans to streamline operations at its paper chemicals business, which will affect approximately 50 jobs across the company's worldwide operations by 2015.

Self-Adhering Air Barrier Membrane Increases Building's Energy Efficiency

Garland's Aero-Block™ SA self-adhering membranes are engineered to prevent unwanted air, vapor and water from penetrating the building envelope. 

'Green Police' Promote Icyene's Closed Cell Sprayfoam Insulation

In this video, the Green Police promote Icynene's ProSeal Eco, the world's first 100% water-blown, closed cell spray foam insulation with a low carbon footprint. 

Pre-Fab Manufacturer Delivers First Net-Zero Home

Deltec Homes, an award-winning prefabricated home manufacturer based in Asheville, N.C., has delivered the first net-zero home from their Renew Collection, just months after the collection's launch.

Dow Becomes Member of Global Energy Efficiency Standard Organization

Dow Building Solutions - manufacturer of STYROFOAM™-A and XENERGY™ extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation - has become a member of the Passivhaus Trust 

Video: Museum Explores the American 'House'

The National Building Museum presents House & Home, a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to be at home in America.

Could Lumber Prices Start Moving Lower?

The price of lumber is a key indicator used by investors to determine the strength of certain sectors of the economy such as housing.

Why More and More Architects are Choosing Wood

There is a growing movement to use the ancient building material instead of concrete or steel for large and tall structures.

32% Plunge in Multifamily Leads to August Housing Decline

Led by a steep 31.7% decline in multifamily production, nationwide housing starts fell 14.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units in August.

Infographic: 1 in 10 Workers Admit Using Marijuana

About 9.74% of Americans have gone to work under the influence of marijuana, a whopping 80.77% admit to getting their hands on the drug illegally. 

OSHA to Post New Injury Reporting Data Online to 'Embarrass' Companies

OSHA will require employers to notify the government within 24 hours every time someone loses an eye, or suffers an amputation, and will post that information online.

Top 15 Fastest-Growing New Home Markets

Metrostudy does a 100% count within markets across the country of move-ins into newly-built homes.  This is a powerful and reliable measure of end-user demand.

Economists Predict Housing Will Begin Driving Growth

Housing and business capital spending, two areas closely tied to swings in the world’s largest economy, are poised to diverge as home construction gives growth more of a boost in the long run.

Luke Spruiell of Spruiell Truss Loses Battle with Cancer

It is with a heavy heart we report that Luke Spruiell passed away Tuesday night after a short battle with cancer.

BCMC Build Starts this Friday, Challenge Issued

Our charity build project, BCMC Build 2014, will get underway in Charlotte, NC, this Friday, October 3!

Industrial Hemp Explored as Alternative Building Material and Insulator

You probably haven’t thought much about using hemp to construct your next home, but maybe you should. It’s durable, lightweight, carbon-negative, and resistant to pests, mold, and fire—and it could potentially cut energy bills in half.

Will 'Green Partnership' Overcome Agendas and Improve Energy Efficiency Standards?

Five prominent organizations within the green building community have banded together to facilitate more environmentally sustainable structures across America, but how successful will the new partnership prove to be?

Global Polystyrene & EPS Market to Grow to $42.11B by 2020

According to a recent report, the global polystyrene & EPS market was valued at USD 30.66 billion in 2013 and is anticipated to reach USD 42.11 billion by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020.