Industry News

Taping Exterior Sheathing Seams for Better Air Control

To reach the goal of 1ACH50, this builder decided to take a page from the PassiveHouse playbook and tape his exterior sheathing seams.

153 Building Science Acronyms & Initials

Acronyms and initials (AI) are part of the jargon of every field, especially this field, whether you call it building science, green building, home performance, or something else. 

Does Open-Cell Spray Foam Lead to Damp Roof Sheathing?

Here are a few rules of thumb for designers and builders who want to install spray foam on the underside of roof sheathing.

Expanded Polystyrene Market to Reach $19B

Currently, the global EPS market is worth $11.9 billion and is estimated to reach $19.1 billion by 2018

OSB Sheathed/Braced Condo Collapse Video Goes Viral

A video of a condo building in the Briar Creek area of Raleigh, NC collapsing has gone viral. 

Small Lenders Fret New Mortgage-Lending Rules

Small lenders, already struggling with weak economic conditions and rising interest rates, say new mortgage-lending rules could further crimp their ability to make loans.

Boom to Bust to Boom: Vegas is Back!

Builder confidence in the Vegas market continues to strengthen, and is, in fact, back to 2008 levels. But the new normal will be steady absorptions, increased construction costs, and a tightened labor supply.

Framers to Host Event During Builders' Show

The National Framers Council will host their next event during the NAHB’s International Builders' Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 

Wells Fargo Offers Tempered Outlook on Housing Starts

We remain optimistic about the housing market, but we still maintain our below-consensus forecast for home sales and new home construction in 2014. 

14 States Increase Minimum Wage in '14

Minimum wage increases are scheduled to take effect in 14 states for 2014, including New York and California. In addition, tied to the wage increases are state notice requirements.

Homebuilder's Forecast 25% Increase in Starts

The prospects for home building in 2014 are bright. NAHB is forecasting a nearly 25% gain in total housing starts, with a 32% pickup in single-family construction. 

Average 2013 Home Sold for $400K

NAHB recently published the latest construction cost survey, which shows that the average home was built on 14,359 square feet of land, had 2,607 square feet of finished area, and sold for $399,532.

Industry Legend Douthit Surpassed by Weaver

Staton Douthit is a legend in the structural components industry.  Yet, he has just been surpassed. 

Industry is 'Standing Strong and Gearing Up for Growth'

In 2014, BCMC is Standing Strong and Gearing Up for Growth as we introduce you to new, innovative trends in the structural components industry.

Combustible Dust Training Now in Spanish

You can be better prepared for an OSHA inspection by implementing this housekeeping program which gathers together industry best practices in order to meet OSHA’s standard. 

Home Energy Labels Soon a Reality?

Four states – Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington – are involved in a three-year DOE-funded pilot program started in 2010 to develop and test energy rating labels for homes.

DuPont's New Tyvek Wrap Increases R-Values

DuPont Building Innovations launched DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0, a building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.

Energy Efficiency's Biggest Payoff

It seems there are a lot of states that could benefit from energy efficiency measures, find out where your state stands in terms of monthly residential and commercial electricity.

Eyeing Improper Insulation Installation

In a new home construction project, sloppy insulation may waste almost as much energy as it saves.

Fire Service Takes Issue with Foam Adhesives

According to this fire service official, the most glaring difference between modular construction and traditional stick built construction is the use of two-part polyurethane foam structural adhesives. 

Remarkable Tucson House Achieves "Negative-Zero"

The VISION House Series, a collection of incredibly advanced, high performance, truly sustainable homes built around the country, opened its latest project in Tucson.

Armstrong Appointed as New Head of SIPA

The Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) appointed Jack Armstrong as the association’s new Executive Director.

What is Energy Efficiency & Building Science News?

We believe there is a need for building science, building envelope, building design and energy efficiency-focused news that emanates from an engineering and design perspective.

200 Firefighters Battle Brooklyn Lumberyard Blaze

The Marly Building Supply lumberyard burst into an inferno early Saturday morning that raged for over four hours in the frigid morning, authorities said.

Top 5 House Plans Point to an Improved Market

The anecdotal evidence in Naples and at Hanley Wood points to significant improvement in the housing market.

Projecting Prices for SPF, OSB and Plywood

Canada's RBC Capital Markets projects a not so steady rise in SPF and plywood prices over the next two years.

NLRB Abandons Contentious Poster Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is backing down from a fight over a contentious regulation that would have required most businesses to display posters about union rights. 

'Tips for Training Designers' Workshop on Jan 14

Click here to sign up for the next SBCA Annual Workshop,Tips for Training Designers, on Tuesday, January 14.

MiTek Purchases Maker of Wizard PDS System

MiTek announced today that it has acquired Truss Industry Production Systems, Inc. (TIPS), the maker of the Wizard PDS system.

Combustible Dust Tops OSHA's Rulemaking List for 2014

The following are summaries of two rules that OSHA is working on that should be considered when planning for 2014 and beyond.