Industry News

Experts Advise on How to Negotiate Energy Performance-Based Contracts

More clients are expected to pursue performance-based contracts that make energy efficiency a priority and offer financial incentives to teams that achieve predetermined energy use outcomes.

Johns Manville Develops Two New Open-Cell Spray Foam Products

Johns Manville announced the addition of JM Corbond® Open-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (oc SPF) and JM Corbond® Open-Cell Appendix X Spray Polyurethane Foam to its complete line of building insulation products.

Is Cellulose or Fiberglass the Best Way to Insulate an Attic?

This author states, "the best way to insulate my attic is with inexpensive cellulose or fiberglass insulation applied over an airtight attic floor."

Job Growth Supports Greater 2015 Housing Demand

The end of 2014 saw an acceleration of job creation that compared favorably with the poor start to the year. Combined with the ongoing expansion of consumer confidence, these trends will help support housing demand and residential construction during 2015.

Several NYC Building Officials Charged with Bribery

More than a dozen New York City buildings inspectors and clerks have been charged with exploiting their positions as gateways to the city’s booming real estate industry to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

Court Rules GC Liable for Subcontractor Jobsite Injuries

According to a recent ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, general contractors that exercise control over the worksite can be sued by a subcontractor’s injured employee.

Labor, Materials & Less Competition Driving Construction Costs

With the commercial real estate market in recovery in many parts of the U.S., construction costs are rising.

Home Prices Finally Being Driven by Job Growth & Wages

 Asking prices for homes for sale and rents are re-attaching to the quantitative basic drivers of jobs and income growth after a heady "Animal Spirits"-driven surge. 

Register Today for the 2015 MSR Workshop April 21-23

The MSR Lumber Producers Council is hosting its popular MSR Workshop April 21-23, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here to download the registration form.

BCMC Launches New Website: Building Innovation Framing Success

Milwaukee, WI will play host to this year’s Building Component Manufacturers Conference (BCMC), October 20-23. Plans for the show are already well underway, with 11,000 square feet of exhibit space already reserved.

Blenker Owner Appointed President of Wisconsin HBA

Pam Jewell of Blenker Construction, Inc. in Amherst was recently installed as President of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA).

Tri-State Opens CFS Wall Panel Plant in Kentucky

Tri-State Cold-formed Steel Components, located in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, announces the opening of a cold-formed steel panelized wall panel facility in Shepherdsville, Tri-State Panels, LLC. 

SBCA QC Nearing Completion, Find Out the Latest

SBCA is nearing completion of its update to its online QC program (formerly called WTCA QC).  Find answers to all of your questions about the new and improved program on its blog page:

Tiny Homes Rely on Hay Bales as Wall Insulation?

One method of tiny house construction is using bales of hay, which are 75 percent more energy-efficient than common drywall and offer additional protection with limited combustibility.

Owens Corning Renews 3-Year, $1.1M Pledge to Insulate Habitat for Humanity Homes

Owens Corning is continuing its support for Habitat for Humanity with a renewed three-year pledge of $1.1 million.

Georgia-Pacific Introduces Gypsum with Greater Fire Resistance

GP's patent-pending ToughRock Fireguard 45 Gypsum Board is the only standard 1/2-inch interior wallboard to be enhanced with fire-resistance properties for use in a 45-minute UL classified fire rating.

New UL Report Forecasts Further Shift Toward Sustainable Buildings

UL, the global safety science global company, has published a new white paper that forecasts some of the upcoming changes in sustainable building.

Video: Siding Best Practices Starts With Pre-Assembly

Chicago-based window and siding contractor, Greg Burnet, shares tips and techniques, and provides insight into the tools that work for efficiently siding homes.

Video: Dow's Whole-House Solutions to Achieve Net-Zero

Helping builders achieve net zero is Dow’s latest initiative. Lauren Hunter stops by to learn about the company is incorporating renewables into their product line, in addition to whole-house solutions to prevent water and air infiltration.

BlueLinx Brings Boral's Composite TruExterior Product Line to the Midwest

As one of the nation’s leading distributors of building products, BlueLinx will make it possible for Boral to cultivate its customer base in the upper Midwest.

2015 IBC 'Combustible Projections' Code Change Could Impact Exterior Foam Sheathing

The provisions regulating combustible projections adjacent to an interior lot line or other line used to determine the fire separation distance have been modified to provide a simple and consistent approach.

Bayer Expands Polyurethane Production Capacity in Asia

Bayer Material Science is planning to expand capacity and increase focus on Make in India to tap the growing domestic market. 

Demilec Improves its APX Low-Density Spray Foam Insulation

Demilec, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of spray foam insulation and polyurea products, has revamped the formulation of its popular APX low-density spray foam insulation to dramatically improve yield, reduce waste and decrease the time required for application.

Firm Evaluates 8 Most Popular CAD Programs

G2 Crowd used consumer reports and social and public data to create a matrix (shown above) ranking eight of the most popular CAD products.

New Study Debunks Causes of Housing Collapse

We are constantly learning new stuff about the housing bubble — and some of the new stuff contradicts the old.  What we don’t understand may one day come back to bite us.

84 Lumber Appoints First VP of Operations Since 2008

84 Lumber announced yesterday it promoted Billy Ball to the role of vice president of store operations, a role the company hasn't filled since Bill Myrick's departure to ProBuild in 2008.

Simpson Posts Strong 4Q on North American Sales

Simpson Manufacturing Co. reported modest gains in the fourth quarter, progress that was propelled forward by strong sales in the North American market.

UFPI Purchases Idaho's Rapid Wood

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has acquired certain assets of Caldwell, Idaho-based Rapid Wood Mfg., LLC.

Pent Up Demand? Housing Permits Lag Behind 'Normal' Job & Home Price Levels

The US level of .90 means the US economic and housing market is 90 percent of the way back to normal using the same base levels.

Key to Wood High Rise Buildings is Manufactured Building Components

The best way to build more tall wood buildings — and boost a higher-value wood products industry in British Columbia — is to manufacture them in factories, an audience of industry professionals heard during a recent symposium in Vancouver.