Industry News

Farm Provides Unique Contrast Between Post-Frame and SIP Construction Methods

EPS manufactures both post frame and SIP buildings so it provided a good solution for the needs of the Stevermer brothers and their farm operation.

High Performance Builder to Host Seminar on Using SIPs to Surpass Energy Code

Learn from award winning builder, Matt Belcher, on how employing SIPs for your next building envelope positions the project to meet and surpass both current and upcoming energy codes.

Does the Size of a Rain-Screen Drainage Gap Matter?

Rain screens are necessary, but how big do they have to be? The question is answered here.

Fiberglass Versus Foam: Insulation Market Competition Heating Up

While some of the conclusions may be surprising, both studies indicate that fiberglass batts aren’t likely to lose their standing at the top of the field any time soon.

Soprema Develops New High Performance Waterproofing System

Soprema®, Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo®, an eco-friendly, high performing waterproofing system developed with new technology to provide a sustainable, durable product with increased longevity and UV stability.

Breen Appointed CEO of DuPont, Company Breakup Speculation Increases

Ed Breen, the man who successfully led the breakup of Tyco International in the wake of an early 2000′s accounting scandal, has been named permanent CEO of DuPont 

Innovative Robot Applies Spray Foam in Tight Crawl Spaces

The Q-Bot, designed to crawl in the smallest of crawl spaces, goes under the floorboards, scans the space, then delivers an insulating foam.

RMAX's ThermaWallPlus Exterior Cladding & Insulation Used in Benchmark Housing Project

ThermaWallPlus from RMAX was extensively used for cladding and insulation applications at the Frasers Landing development in Mandurah, West Australia.

US DOE Publishes Final Baseline Energy Efficiency Performance Standards

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule updating the baseline federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings.

ALSC President John McDaniel Passes Unexpectedly

John H. McDaniel, President of ALSC, died the evening of November 15, 2015 of complications from his long fight with cancer.

Analyzing CLT Use in Post-Frame Buildings

This article, written by Daniel P. Hindman, Ph.D, PE, presents a short design example illustrating the use of crosslaminated (CLT) timber in a post-frame end wall. 

Has DR Horton Figured Out Labor Solution?

Home builder D.R. Horton Inc. sidestepped the labor shortages plaguing many of its peers, posting a 23% year-over-year gain in delivered homes for its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30.

Construction Labor Market Good for Non-Graduates

Things are looking up for the group of Americans who fared worst during the economic crisis, suggesting a shortage of skilled workers might be sending employers deeper into the labor pool.

Weyerhaeuser to Become Largest Private US Timberland Owner

Weyerhaeuser is buying Plum Creek for $8.4 billion to form the nation’s largest private owner of timberland, the Seattle-area firms announced Sunday.

KY Truss Manufacturer Promotes Advantages of Components

Superior Building Concepts is a locally owned wooden truss manufacturing KY facility located in Winchester, Kentucky.

Codes Driving Demand for More Fire-Resistant Building Materials

In 2014, 2,419 Americans could have used more time to get out of their homes. That’s how many people died in residential fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

SBCA Mourns Loss of Past President Bob Becht

It is with great sadness we report that Bob Becht passed away this past Saturday morning at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.

Simpson to Offer More Robust EWP Design Software

Simpson Strong-Tie and Calculated Structured Designs (CSD) have agreed on a strategic alliance to provide customers with a Simpson Strong-Tie branded version of the iStruct™ EWP software.

New SLA May Focus on Government-Awarded Timber Contracts

In relation to the ongoing Canada/U.S. softwood lumber debate, Zoltan Van Heyninegen, the executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, says that the main problem lies in how the American and Canadian governments award timber contracts.

Realtors Predict Slower Growth in 2016 Housing Sales

Home sales will continue to grow next year, but will face headwinds including a lack of first-time buyers and rising mortgage rates, Realtors say.

OSHA Fines Could Increase Over 80% Next Year

Congress recently passed the budget agreement which contained a provision which permits OSHA to raise fines significantly starting in August 2016.  The law permits a one-time “catch up” increase up to 82 percent, since fines have not been raised since 1990.

Radio: Talk Show Explores the Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

A recent radio show discussed how spray polyurethane foam can play a major role in insulating and air-sealing homes and buildings – helping to reduce air leakage, which can result in lower utility bills.

PA Builder Uses Dow Solar & Spray Foam to Build Affordable Net Zero Homes

Kiere DeGrandchamp has a pretty lofty goal: to build sustainable homes that average Americans can afford.

Power Windows: Researchers Develop Transparent, Glass-Like Solar Cell

A research team from Michigan State University has created a completely transparent solar panel.

US Senators Still Working to Pass Energy Efficiency Measure This Year

With little chance of a broad energy legislation making it to the Senate floor this year, energy efficiency lobbyists and the authors of the energy efficiency bill are quietly looking for ways to move their narrower measure forward.

AWC Taking More Proactive Role in Energy Efficiency Market, Creates Legislative Scorecard

The AWC has launched a legislative scorecard to track federal legislators’ votes and bill sponsorship on public policies affecting the use and manufacture of wood products.

Industry Mourns Passing of Stan Koehlinger

Stanley E. Koehlinger, 67, of Bolivar, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at Aultman Compassionate Care Center following a 5 year illness.

RESNET Lobbying Building Code Jurisdictions to Adopt Energy Rating Index Score

The RESNET Board of Directors adopted priorities for the organization in 2016, including working with code advocates, the construction and rating industries, and jurisdictions to adopt and implement the Energy Rating Index (ERI) option in the 2015 IECC.

Government Averts Crisis Over Rail Transport of Chemicals

Without an extension beyond the 31 December deadline, chemical transport by train across the US would likely have ended on much of the nation’s rail network in January 2016.

Increased Resin Production Offers New Opportunities for US Plastics Industry

Expectations of new polyethylene capacity had two U.S.-based major plastics processors showing their true colors of red, white and blue at a recent industry conference.