Industry News

Experts Believe Builders Should Get More Done with the Same Number of People

BUILDER talked to a host of home building experts about how builders should evaluate these important questions.

Top 2016 Construction Trends Focus on BIM Technology

Here are 10 trends that will shape and improve construction projects in 2016 and beyond.

Vecoplan Uses State-of-the-Art Shredder Testing to Improve Products

Vecoplan, the worldwide leader in size reduction technology, recently christened their new state-of-the-art test lab. 

Strong Dollar Huge Stumbling Block for New SLA?

The Canadian dollar’s nosedive has disrupted North American lumber markets to the point that Canada is expected to face currency-induced pressure to make concessions in the next softwood lumber agreement with the United States.

5 Ways SBCA is Looking Out for CMs

Here are five ways SBCA has worked to navigate those changes and provide value to component manufacturers.

Reminder: File & Post OSHA's Job-Related Incident Reports

OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. 

SBCA Becomes ICC Preferred Education Provider Offering CEUs

SBCA has been accepted as an ICC preferred education provider, which will significantly increase exposure to the many training programs it has developed to educate architects, engineers, building officials and specifiers

Simpson Strong-Tie's Bugbee Retires After 34 Years

After nearly 34 years with the company, Mike Bugbee, Senior Vice President of Integrated Component Systems, will be retiring from Simpson Strong-Tie in March.

Top Arguments for Immediately Deleting Exception 4 from R501.3

Recent ASTM E119 testing conducted independently by UL and NGC Testing Services provide compelling evidence that Exception 4 in the IRC-12 R501.3 and IRC-15 R302.13 should be amended out of the code.

New Jersey Now Accepts PE Digital Seals & Signatures

The state of New Jersey now accepts digital seals and signatures from Professional Engineers.

Building Science Corp. Report Evaluates Insulation Methodology

The Building Science Corporation completed ground breaking research in 2015 – with an updated Thermal Metric Summary Report issued last June.

Video: Huber Develops New Subfloor Adhesive & Insulated ZIp Panels

To support its line of Advantech advanced subflooring, Huber introduced a subfloor adhesive. 

GP Debuts Weather Resistant Barrier Wood Exterior Sheathing

GP recently introduced a new building product called ForceField™ that not only speeds up a home’s construction, but also confidently protects it from the outside elements.

ECHOtape Introduces New All-Weather Adhesive Tape Line

ECHOtape's advanced adhesive technologies allow contractors maximum performance in a variety of weather conditions.

Designs Completed for Largest Net-Zero Building in Southeast US

Stevens & Wilkinson recently completed the engineering design for the University of South Carolina’s new Darla Moore School of Business, which is slated to achieve LEED Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council later this year.

3M Sells Foam Adhesives Unit to Innovative Chemical

3M Co. has a deal to sell its pressurized polyurethane foam adhesives business (formerly known as Polyfoam), which has about $20 million in annual sales.

DuPont Partnership Develops 'Game-Changing' Molecule for Bio Plastics

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland today said they have developed a “game-changing” technology — a process to develop a molecule that can be converted into several biobased chemicals and plastics.

Tips for Mitigating Condensation for Metal Buildings

Properly controlling condensation in metal building systems is critical to maintaining the thermal performance of the insulation system and prolonging the service life of the building components.

MFM Publishes 2016 Weatherproofing & Sealing Systems Guide

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, recently issued their 2016 Weatherproofing & Sealing Systems brochure.

Senate to Begin Debate on Energy Bill Today

The US Senate is poised to consider the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012) beginning next Tuesday (1/26).

Industry Mourns Passing of Truss Systems' Byrne

Michael Conley Byrne, 64, De Pere, passed away unexpectedly on January 16th. He was born March 12, 1951 in Wausau, WI.

DOL Redefines Responsibilities of Employers Using Temps

More U.S. companies could be classified as "joint employers" of workers employed by a staffing agency or contractor and held liable for labor violations tied to those staff, says the U.S. Labor Department 

Stark Truss & Kylmala Truss Become QC Certified

As of January 15, 2016, Stark Truss Company, Inc. (Marysville, OH) and Kylmala Truss (Saginaw, MN) are certified users of SBCA In-Plant Wood Truss QC.

Housing Inventory Levels Indicate Strong Demand for More Houses

The inventory of homes for sale in each market, it's well known, has been tight even as demand for homes keeps up--which has been inflating prices. 

10 Tips to Getting Paid Sooner with Less Hassle

Here’s some pointers on how to talk about money in a way that gets you paid more, sooner.

Craigslist Newest Place to Buy Truss Plates?

A recent posting of old truss plates for sale on Craigslist raises awareness of a potential activity that no one in our industry would expect to take place and highlights the oddity of this occurrence.

New Operations Management Software Coming to US Market

One of Europe's biggest providers of software for the construction supply industry is using this week's International Builders' Show as the launch pad for selling its systems in the United States.

4D BIM? Cadsoft Integrates Software with Virtual Reality

Cadsoft Corporation introduced their Envisioneer software’s integration with revolutionary virtual reality (VR) technology at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

Liquid Nails Introduces Universal Adhesive

Liquid Nails new Fuze It hybrid polymer might be the only adhesive you'll need in your toolbox going forward. 

NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe to Retire in March

The National Association of Home Builders announced today during the International Builders’ Show that Chief Economist David Crowe, Ph.D., will retire on March 18 of this year.