Industry News

EWP Demand Predicted to Increase by 30-45%

The APA-Engineered Wood Association predicts demand in structural panels will grow by 31 percent, and demand for other engineered wood products will grow by 40 to 45 percent through 2018.

DR Horton Signals Shift from Home Price to Increased Production Pace

Now D.R. Horton Inc., the largest U.S. builder by homes sold last year, is signaling that it may be shifting to favor production pace over price.

Toxic Chemicals Control Act Reform Hits Partisanship Snag

Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of reforming the outdated Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TSCA) from 1976, but that's about all they agree on.

House Committee Unanimously Approves Energy Efficiency for Schools Act

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce unanimously approved the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R.4092).

Sen Vitter (R-LA) Threatens to Derail Shaheen-Portman Energy-Efficiency Bill

The Senate is poised to resume consideration of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (commonly known as Shaheen-Portman).

Bayer AG Considering Sale of Material Science Division

Bayer AG’s possible sale of its $10 billion plastics unit would accelerate a retreat from chemicals that the maker of Aspirin initiated a decade ago, leaving it focused on the more lucrative life-science industry.

BASF May Invest $1.4B in US Petrochemical Facility

BASF, the world's No.1 chemicals company by sales, said it could spend more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to build a petrochemical plant in the United States, joining global peers attracted by cheap shale gas there.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Product Manufacturer Launches Multifamily Energy Savings Program

Lapolla Industires, Inc., a Houston-based global supplier and manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation, announced the launch of its AirTight(R) division's Energy Savings Program for multi-family residential properties.

Stock Reports Q1 Sales Gains on Single-Family Construction

Stock Building Supply reported net sales of $280 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 12.6% increase over year-ago sales of $248.7 million.

Cedar Creek Expands to the Midwest by Acquiring Roberts & Dybdahl

Cedar Creek, Oklahoma City, Ok., has agreed to acquire the majority of assets of Midwest wholesaler Roberts & Dybdahl Inc., W. Des Moines, Ia.

Tolko Innovates to Expand Beetle-Kill Salvage

A recent agreement will provide additional log supply for Tolko’s Quest Wood sawmill, harvesting work for Nazko Logging LP and additional fibre for PBEC’s wood pellet manufacturing plant in Prince George.

World's Largest Softwood Lumber Producers Post Big Gains

West Fraser remained the world's largest softwood lumber producer for a sixth consecutive year in 2013, but runner-up Canfor narrowed the gap as most of the top producers in the "Billion Board Foot Club" increased output.

Rail Logistic Problems Will Strain Lumber Supply

Resolute Forest Products says transportation bottlenecks caused by severe winter weather will likely linger for months, making it more difficult to ship pulp, paper and lumber to market.

CMs Advised to Follow Homebuilder Mergers & Acquistions Closely

D.R. Horton is said to be close to announcing completion of its plans to purchase Crown Communities, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.-metro area's No. 1 builder in unit volume.

US LBM Buys Desert Lumber & Truss and Integrity Truss

US LBM Holdings, LLC announces the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, NV and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, UT.

Lawyer Stuart Address Files Whistle-Blower Suit Against Truss Company

Last week Stuart M. Address, P.A. filed a whistle-blower suit on behalf of David Linn against Fort Pierce company Southern Truss for racial discrimination.

Father of 2013 BCMC Build Recipient Passes Unexpectedly

We are sad to share 2013 BCMC Build recipient Cody Nusbaum's  father, Rick, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014.

Another Conventionally Framed House Involved in a Firefighter Fatality

A new report has been released about the Line of Duty death of a Firefighter who died in a 2x10 floor joist-related house fire one year to the date-April 24.

SBCA’s Views on Creating Fair Code Policy in Contrast to the AWC & NAHB Proposal Effectively Banning Floor Truss and I-joist Use

SBCA provides its public policy views in light of the R501.3 IRC code change proposal by AWC & NAHB that effectively bans floor truss and I-joist use.

PIMA Submits Public Comments to EPA Regarding Product Environmental Performance Standards

PIMA has submitted public comments to the EPA regarding the need for a consensus process for the development of Ecolabel and other product standards and labeling. 

Author Highlights Spectacular, Energy Efficient, Pre-Fab Homes from Around the World

An interview with Sheri Koones, author of Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe, which features eco-friendly home design around the world.

US Lumber to Distribute Royal Building Products

Royal Building Products today announced the addition of U.S. Lumber to its Southeast and Mid-Atlantic distribution network. 

Saint-Gobain Chooses Malvern, PA for New US Headquarters

Saint-Gobain has picked a potentially spectacular fixer-upper, an $80 million-plus expansion of the once-innovative but now-rusted and vacant former home of National Liberty Life Insurance Co.

3 Chemical-Based Building Products that are Better for the Environment than Some Say

Some maligned materials are actually more environmentally safe than alternatives that may seem more natural. Here are three popular materials that are greener than you may think.

Sales Drop 9% for Owens Corning's Building Materials Division

Owens Corning’s building materials division posted $852 million in first-quarter net sales, a 9% drop from $937 million in 2013's first quarter.

Structural Panel Production/Sheathing Sales up 2.8% in Q1

In the first quarter of 2014, the North American structural panel production was up 2.8% over the same period of 2013. Consumption also rose by 1.7%.

Johns Manville Expanding Mineral Wool Insulation into Canada

Denver-based Johns Manville is giving its Canadian customers greater access to its full line of insulation products through the addition of commercial and residential mineral wool.

Dow to Convert all XPS Foam Plants to New Polymeric FR Technology

Dow Building Solutions will convert all of its STYROFOAM™ XPS foam plants in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Japan to the new Polymeric FR technology. 

Draft Commerce Act to Reform Toxic Substance Controls Introduced in House

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) released a revised, still-draft version of Chemicals in Commerce Act, which would overhaul TSCA.

Housing Markets that Support Consistent Sales

“Despite a slowdown over the winter months, the housing market continues to show improvement in most states, although at a somewhat slower pace,” says Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft.