Industry News

Outlook Brightening for Housing in Second Half of 2014

Freddie Mac released today its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July, showing mixed data results for the housing recovery as we head into the second half of the year.

Florida Framer Faces $228K in OSHA Fall-Protection Fines

A Florida carpentry company faces $228,690 in proposed penalties for failing to provide fall protection at four work sites, according to federal regulators.

Forest Products Industry Promotes 42-Story Wood Building on Capitol Hill

The American Wood Council (AWC) showcased a 42-story-tall wood building model yesterday at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation's Forest Products Industry Expo on Capitol Hill.

States Where Energy Efficient Framing is in Highest Demand

This interactive heat map that displays how each state ranks for total energy costs, and breaks down average electric, natural gas, and fuel costs from WalletHub's "Most and Least Energy Expensive States" report.

Builders FirstSource Q2 Sales Highest Since 2006

Builders FirstSource achieved its highest sales level since 2006 as it swung to a profit in the second quarter ended June 30.

Video: SBCA Members Want to Know "How Are You?"

With BCMC just around the corner, we talked with a few SBCA members and they want to know...how are you?

How Are You Staying Ahead of the Curve?

The educational sessions for BCMC 2014 are shaping up to equip you and your staff with the knowledge you need for growth and success in the coming year. 

Who Can Design the Most Efficient Truss? Masters Competition Pits Old Gray Wolf Against Old Farts

The First Annual SBC Masters Contest was part of the SBCA Annual Membership Drive this year; the end result was some great SBCA recruitment and a lot of fun!

Webinar: Thermal Bridging in Structures of Interest to the Engineering Community

This webinar identifies the problem of structural thermal bridging in building envelopes, and strategies to address it, in order to reduce a building's energy demands and minimize condensation-related problems.

Despite Perceptions, Economy Doing Well

National media recently covered the gap between perception and reality with regard to national economic performance.

Johns Manville Earns Top Insulate America Award

Johns Manville has earned the "Supplier of the Year" designation for the second year in a row by insulation contractor association Insulate America, Inc.

Lego Bricks Rely on Air Insulation

Kite Bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together

Advancements in Polyurethane Insulation Started with Cold Beer

Since its beginnings, polyurethane and its applications have evolved to match advances in technology and manufacturing, as well as consumer demands.

New Study Investigates Combustible Materials in Wall Assemblies

Many combustible materials are used today in commercial wall assemblies to improve energy performance, reduce water and air infiltration, and allow for aesthetic design flexibility.

Federal Task Force Looks to Establish "Net-Zero" Definitions

The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

NIST Net-Zero Home Success Highlights Improvements in Thermal Envelope

Braving a harsh winter with snow-covered solar panels, the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility in Washington DC has come up trumps in a year-long study of its energy harvesting capabilities.

Video: The History of Exterior Moisture & Air Management

In the opening segment of this 5-part series, veteran JLC Live presenter, Mike Sloggatt, takes a look at the history of moisture and air management in exterior walls.

Performance of Steel Cable vs. Steel Truss May Surprise You

A cooperative research team compared the sustainability of two structural systems commonly used for spans exceeding 250 feet: the steel cable system and the steel truss system.

Video: Saw Blade 'Cutting' Wood at 150K Frames per Second

Here’s something way cooler than looking at tree rings with an electron microscope—a close-up look at a table saw blade cutting wood. 

Top 10 Markets Where Multiple Generations Form Household

A new Pew Research study looks at household composition, and specifically at the eye-popping increase over the past 34 years in households that host multi-generational family members. The number doubled since 1980.

Post-Recession: Predicting the Next Growth Cycle

This is the recession evaluator graphic that economists use to determine periods of recession, bottom of recessions and periods of growth. 

Mergers & Acquisitions Increasing in Building Material Supply Business

The last several years have seen a significant amount of deal activity, but a careful analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the LBM industry reveal some interesting trends. 

Despite Housing Start Drop, Significant Construction Increases Predicted

Despite today’s soft number, MetroStudy's Chief Economist Brad Hunter's forecast for the next few years is still calling for significant increases in building activity. 

Carter Lumber Opens Another Charlotte Location

Carter Lumber opened a new location in Charlotte, N.C., to service the region, the company announced today. This is the company's second location in the market.

Stable Lumber Prices Boost UFPI's Q2 Earnings

A more stable lumber market boosted the second-quarter performance of Universal Forest Products, even as the company was forced to pay higher duties for Chinese nails. 

CMs Share Secrets to Maximizing their Profitability

On Tuesday, October 7, SBCA is offering an interactive workshop just for component manufacturers: “Covering Your Costs for Maximum Profitability.” 

Builder Confidence Surges, Indicates Housing Strength

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes reached an important milestone in July, rising four points to a reading of 53.Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

NAHB: Legislation Requiring 10-Year Payback from Energy Code Would be a 'Boon for Consumers'

NAHB believes H.R.5027 would help promote savings in commercial buildings and residential homes through the use of more cost-effective energy codes.

ICC Collaborates with RESNET to Promote 2015 IECC Transition

RESNET announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Modify DOE Energy Code Development Requirements

This week Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R.5027).