Industry News

Improving Jobsite Safety Takes Small, Deliberate Steps

The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider what small steps your company needs to take to make your jobsites safer for your employees. From implementing a new, comprehensive safety program to recommitting to a regular schedule of training and weekly Toolbox Talks, your efforts will pay off.

DOL & DOJ to Pursue Criminal Charges for Jobsite Safety Violations

The Department of Labor and the Department of Justice have established a new initiative to prevent and deter crimes that jeopardize the lives and health of workers.

NFC's LinkedIn Page to Help Framers Get Connected

The NFC now has a LinkedIn page to further communicate with its members and, more importantly, reach out to the light-frame marketplace to raise awareness of the work NFC is doing to improve jobsite safety.

DAP Hires Two to Focus on Outreach to Framers

In an effort to directly engage construction professionals, DAP Products Inc., the nation’s premier manufacturer of caulks, sealants and adhesives, has appointed two new Construction Specialists.

Beacon Roofing Acquires 20-Branch Roofing & Insulation Supply

Beacon Roofing Supply, number three on the 2015 ProSales 100 list, just got a little bit bigger with the acquisition of Dallas, Texas based Roofing & Insulation Supply.

Executives from BASF & Others React to Paris Climate Conference

Here, seven leaders from a variety of businesses shared their observations and hopes from Paris with GreenBiz for what lies ahead

White Paper on the Effectiveness of Roof Coatings Updated for LEEDv4

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has updated its Reflective Roof Coatings and LEED white paper, originally issued by the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI).

Albermarle Sells Fire Retardant & Specialty Chemicals Units to Huber Engineered Materials

Albemarle has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Mineral Flame Retardants and Specialty Chemicals businesses to Huber Engineered Materials, part of the J.M. Huber Corporation, which specialises in flame retardants.

US Demand for Fiber Cement Expected to Grow 5.8% Annually Through 2019

U.S. demand for fiber cement products is expected to grow 5.8% annually through 2019 to reach an amount valued at $2.2 billion.

Domestic Polyethylene Production to Increase 75%, Raising Oversupply Concerns

27 polyethylene expansions have been announced for North America. which would add more than 34 billion pounds of capacity — a 75 percent jump over current capacity of roughly 45 billion pounds.

Bayer Materials Spin Off Covestro Exceeding Investor Expectations

Shares in Covestro, the materials business spun out of Germany’s Bayer, have risen nearly 30% since its October listing while its erstwhile parent’s stock is about flat.

Will Building Material Division Benefit from Merger-Break-Up Plan Proposed by Dow & DuPont?

The post-merger breakup would strengthen the "materials" group as Dow's successor company; give DuPont shareholders a more valuable share of the combined firms than its size justifies; and leave DuPont in pieces that will likely be takeover targets

How the Homebuilding Industry Needs to Embrace Innovation-Part 1

Housing can no longer sit on the innovation sidelines. New consumers, particularly the rising Gen-Y and Gen-Z population, crave innovation. 

How to Determine the Most Effective Weather Resistant Barrier for a Building

Water hasn't changed how it enters a house, but how we deal with it as builders certainly has.

Video: A Member Update from SBCA President Jess Lohse

The following video is a brief update to the membership from current SBCA President Jess Lohse (Rocky Mountain Truss).

January Workshop: SBCA Legal Counsel Addresses Turnkey Framing

This month, SBCA legal counsel Kent Pagel will be leading a session for both component manufacturers and turnkey framers on the risks associated with turnkey framing.

The Most Important Economic Data from 2015 in 5 Minutes

This publication of charts affords us an opportunity to condense our myriad thoughts into an abbreviated guide to the economic and financial trends that shaped 2015.

Map: Where Aging Construction Workforce Needs New Blood

A look at Census data reveals that the average age of workers in the construction industry exceeds the average age of the overall labor force.

SBCA's LinkedIn Page to Help CMs with Workforce Development

Do you use LinkedIn? Connect with us! SBCA now has a LinkedIn page to further communicate with its members and, more importantly, pursue workforce development on behalf of component manufacturers.

Pulte Expands in South, Buys Atlanta-Based John Wieland Homes

In a deal that’s expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, PulteGroup announced its acquisition of Atlanta-based John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods for approximately $430 million to $450 million.

Wood Components Necessary for Affordable Multifamily Construction

Lightweight construction materials – beams formed of wood fibers and wooden floor assemblies built in factories – allow for faster, easier construction, advocates say.

Floor Truss Failure Draws Attention to Their Use in Apartments

When the floor began to sag after a party at the Circle University City apartments in January, the developer traced the problem to wooden trusses used to build the floors.

Map: 2015's LBM Openings, Closings & Deals

Here is a look back at all the LBM openings, closings, acquisitions, and mergers that took place during 2015.

Boise Cascade to Purchase Engineered Lumber Facilities from GP

Boise Cascade Company announced today that it has reached an agreement to purchase Georgia-Pacific LLC's engineered lumber production facilities located at Thorsby, Alabama, and Roxboro, North Carolina.

US LBM Buys TX-Based Parker's Building Supply

US LBM will acquire Beaumont, Texas based Parker's Building Supply, which has 18 locations throughout Texas and four locations in Southern California.

Appeal Denied, MN Mandatory Sprinkler Law Struck Down

Minnesota builders no longer have to install sprinkler systems in large new homes, after they won their legal battle against the year-old fire safety requirement in the state building code.

Video: Texas Tornadoes Highlight Need for Proper Wall Construction

An engineer who inspected damage across North Texas after Saturday’s deadly tornadoes says he saw “rampant irresponsibleness” in the way many homes and buildings were constructed.

Thank you for Supporting BCMC Build & Framing the American Dream

Although the fundraising campaign successfully raised enoughto build the homes, we still need your help to create marketing tools that highlight the many benefits of building with components.

Eldorado Stone Offers Light-Weight 'Natural Stone' Veneer Product Line

Eldorado Stone released four new profiles and 27 new colors of natural stone veneer.

Improving Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes Starts with Adding Insulation

There are scores of ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home, with many being one-time investments, or simple day-to-day activities.