Industry News

As Lumber Prices Drop, Mills Announce Curtailments

The extended doldrums of spring dimension lumber sales across North America so far in 2013 continued this week, despite several producers having announced curtailments.

Vantem Touts First Affordable 'Net-Zero' Home Kit

Vantem Panels introduced SmartHomze, a collection of SIP panelized kit homes, to the North American market. 

4 Clues Your Safety Culture is Broken

During a June 26 presentation at ASSE Safety 2013 in Las Vegas, Robert E. Grieve shared how a fall from a horse revealed that his attitude about safety was out of balance.

Future Bright for Construction Spending

Calculated Risk's Bill McBride also takes a look at May's construction spending data, and sees even better numbers in the offing.

Troubled Youth Build New Life Building Trusses

The young men from Roca can build a roof truss in minutes, but it can take them years to build a new life away from the streets in the working world of paychecks, deadlines and responsibility. 

LEED v4 Adopted, Effective this Fall

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, to go effect in the fall.

ITW Seeks to Simplify Branding

Illinois Tool Works (ITW), the industrial conglomerate that owns Alpine, Pryda, and Truswal, is planning to shrink the number of brands it owns from 600 to 120

Employer Penalties Delayed, What's Next for Obamacare?

President Barack Obama can expect mounting pressure to make new concessions on healthcare reform, especially the requirement that all Americans obtain insurance, after delaying penalties for businesses for the first year of his plan.

Canadian Housing to Decline in 2013, Rebound in 2014

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects housing starts to re-gain momentum in the later part of the year and/or into 2014.

NC Adopts 6-Year Code Cycle, Limits Inspections

North Carolina will now adopt code revisions every six years, rather than every three, and will also limit the power of local governments to require inspections

Top 50 Market Housing Winners

Last year, the 50 largest metro markets ranked by new-home closings saw those closings increase 11.9 percent over the top 50 markets in 2011, to 218,571 units.

FL Prohibits Mandatory Sprinklers in Code

Going forward, the Florida building code cannot mandate the installation of fire sprinklers for residential construction.

Engineering Firm Creates Long Span Truss Lift Video

Click on the following link to view Summit Engineering's Long Span Truss Lift Plan video.

RP Lumber Expands to Ottowa

R.P. Lumber, a full-service building materials business with nearly 50 stores in Illinois and Missouri, will convert an abandoned Kmart store in Ottowa.

Architect Designs Whole Timber Trusses

An architect has been working for years to incorporate sections of whole trees into the buildings he designs; now his firm is producing floor and roof trusses made with round timbers.

SLB & ProBuild Launch Promotion Program

The Softwood Lumber Board has launched its pilot retail promotional program with ProBuild in Raleigh, N.C., and Indianapolis, Ind.

Mayors Oppose Rollbacks to 2015 IECC

A resolution was adopted last Monday, June 24, 2013 by the US Conference of Mayors that opposes rollbacks to the 2015 IECC.

Sign Up for SBCA's Chicago OQM

Don't forget to register for the upcoming SBCA Open Quarterly Meetings July 31 - August 1 in Chicago, Illinios.

SBCA Hosts Workshop on Lumber Design Values

Please join us for our next Annual Workshop, an Update on Lumber Design Values on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT/12 pm MT/11 am PT. To sign up, please email Trisha Kutz.

Insurers: Open Floor Plans Deadly?

New, lightweight residential construction methods, green building materials, open floor plans and larger square footage are making it harder and more dangerous for firefighters to safely extinguish house blazes and for occupants to safely escape them.

What Small Businesses Should Know About Recruiting

In this Q&A, Corlett talks about current recruiting technology trends and how they affect employers’ ability to connect with job seekers.

Weyerhaeuser Appoints Former TI CEO as New Chief

Weyerhaeuser Company announced its Board of Directors has elected Doyle Simons, president and CEO, effective August 1, 2013. Simons succeeds Dan Fulton, who turns 65 this year and will be retiring as planned.

BCMC Exhibitor List Announced

There is still time to sign up for booth space at BCMC 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Register online today!

Homebuilder Confidence Soars, Highest Level Since '06

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of home builder confidence, reached a milestone in June. Coming in at a level of 52, the HMI recorded its highest level since April 2006.

Top 20 Metro for New Construction

Building Boom Cities: The Metro Areas With The Most New Construction.

10 Most Important Numbers of the Housing Recovery

Is the Housing Recovery Real? Here's what Hanley Wood chief economist Jonathan Smoke has to say about realty reality.

Weyerhaeuser Explores Sale of Homebuilding Arm

Weyerhaeuser puts its five-gem home building operation--Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company--up for exploration of strategic options.

Building Labels Now Referred to as 'Truss Signs'

This article concludes, saying : "the more common truss signs become, the more lives they’ll save."

Precision Truss Among Those Waiting on Disaster Relief

A 130 mph twister, which struck about 9:35 p.m., leveled Precision Truss, a lumberyard and truss company on Pony Express Highway, downed power lines and damaged 28 homes along its eight-mile path through Marshall County

Zeeland Truss Rewarding Big Gamble

A gutsy move to acquire the former Hamilton Lumber and Truss Co. in 2009 during the heart of the building recession is proving to be a well-planned success for Zeeland Lumber Co.