Industry News

NAHB Causes & Heralds Future Code Changes to Require Proponents to Supply Cost-Benefit Analysis

A new ICC policy requires a code change proponent indicate whether the code change proposal will increase the cost of construction and substantiate the cost impact.

Could Components Help Builders Secure Loyal Labor Crews?

Looking at how builders secure loyal labor crews when capacity among subs is tight.

Residential Specialty Trade Labor Continues to Grow Steadily

Construction employment also continued to trend up in November (up 20,000). Employment in specialty trade contractors rose by 21,000, mostly in the residential component. 

New OSHA Workplace Reporting Requirements Start Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Video: Taking Pride in Keeping a Shop Clean

The video below compresses 6 hours of cleaning into 3 minutes and 22 seconds. It’s an impressive feat, even if it did take most of a day.

Home Designers Promote Truss System Bonus Rooms

The truss system is a great multitasker. It provides a lightweight, very strong roof while offering additional volume for bonus living space.

Framing Lumber Mold an Issue of Customer Perception?

Here’s a Q&A on ‘What to do about mold on framing lumber?’

Diagrams: 3 Common Sense Details to Address Seasonal Sheetrock Cracking

Seasonal movement of roof trusses can cause gaps to open up at the wall/ceiling intersection. 

5 Builders Who Are Shaking Up Their Supply Chain

The supply chain has changed dramatically since the recession, making the same old way of doing things no longer good enough. 

Top 5 Markets for Young Homebuyers in 2015

Zillow’s predictions for 2015 are all about buyers – especially young home buyers – having their best shot in years at finding a home.

15 Bold Predictions for '15 Includes Higher Material Prices

If 2014 defined itself around an A-plus lot, high-end, discretionary buyer housing recovery, we’re going to see something profoundly different take shape in the year ahead, and it should mean good news for more builders.

25 Cool New Tools for Framers & Contractors

The STAFDA (Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distribution Association) show is held each November and is where the people who run supply houses for construction and industry go to see and make deals on the latest tools and products.

NFC to Host National Meeting January 21 in Las Vegas

The National Framers Council (NFC) is excited to announce that their next national meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21st at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Why Fall Protection Is the Top OSHA Citation

"Safety first!" It's an easy mantra, but too often, too many in the construction industry fail to live up to that standard. 

Video: 'Green Police' Look at Wall Systems Using Recycled Materials

Michael Anschel has hopes that architectural panels will soon help fill a need in residential building. In this segment, he and Carl Seville look at Dri-Design wall panels made from recyclable materials like aluminum, zinc, and copper.

Congressman Pushes Life Cycle Cost Analysis in Government Contracts

Rep. Michaud sent a letter to the President stating, “I respectfully request that you act to better link performance standards with federal funding opportunities, rewarding states and other grantees that pursue cost effective projects with extended lifespans.”

Rise in Cold-Formed Steel Framing Predicted

Following seven years of slow and uneven growth in demand and pricing, 2015 will be the strongest year yet for cold-formed steel and related products.

BASF Uses New Flame Retardant in All Polystyrene-Based Insulation Products

BASF is one of the first European manufacturers to have switched its entire portfolio of polystyrene-based insulation products for the European market to a new flame retardant.

Dow Introduces Sprayable Window Flashing & Sealant

LIQUIDARMOR™ -CM Flashing and Sealant is a sprayable, waterborne coating to be used as joint sealant and window flashing for Dow’s commercial wall systems.

Making the Case for 24-Inch Wall Stud Spacing

An engineer looks at the savings that can be had by going from 16- to 24-inch spacing of wall studs.

US LBM Acquires East Coast Material Distributor

US LBM today announced it acquired Wallboard Supply, an East Coast distributor of lumber, wallboard, ceiling tiles, and insulation based in Londonderry, N.H.

Infographic: Looking at Homebuilders' Supply Chain Woes

When it comes to the supply chain, home builders often are their own worst enemy. 

Homebuilder Looks at Design, Engineering, and Purchasing 'Holistically'

The downturn drove home to David Lemnah the importance of designing to cost and looking at design, engineering, and purchasing holistically.

Construction Labor Shortage Raises Jobsite Safety Concerns

The recession decimated the construction industry and thinned the ranks of skilled workers, and worries persist about whether there are enough workers to go around as the industry's workload scales up, experts say.

Congress Holds Purse-Strings to Immigration Reforms

Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

Manufacturing Set for Strong Growth in 2015

A combination of strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report released by The MAPI Foundation.

Why Economists Agree Building Industry Has 'Turned Corner'

The turning point in the building industry dawned in May 2014, when the “total employment level reached its prerecession level” and companies stopped looking in the rear-view mirror trying to outrun the Great Recession.

More Homebuyers on Market as Credit Eases

Some of the largest U.S. mortgage lenders are preparing to further ease standards for borrowers after the release of new guidelines this month from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Composite Panel Systems Recognized for Innovative Wall System

The 2014 CAMX Steering Committee has awarded Composite Panel Systems with the first-ever Unsurpassed Innovation CAMX Award.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill May be Reintroduced in January

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said on Wednesday that there is a "good chance" the new GOP majority will bring forward his energy efficiency bill as early as January.