Housing & Construction

The labor shortage in the construction industry is projected to last another three years, requiring increased emphasis on safety training and supervision, according to a recent industry report.

In Denver, Purple Heart Homes was putting a roof on a house they’re constructing for Marine Corps veteran, Angela Cherico. They brought in a crane to raise trusses in the air while crews nailed them into place.

Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the new H1.81Z hurricane tie, designed to provide stronger connections between heavy engineered wood rafters and wall top plates.

Over the first seven months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date (YTD) nationwide reached 521,438. On a year-over-year basis, this is a 7.0% increase over the July 2017 level of 487,495.

Located on the site of the former “Rock ‘n Roll” McDonald’s, this new daylight-filled space was constructed of steel and cross-laminated timber, with extensive plantings outside, inside, and above the 19,000-square-foot structure.

Cold-formed steel (CFS) framing has a proven track record of providing cost-effective and sustainable benefits for mid-rise buildings, and offers significant cost benefits over competitive building materials when the total cost of construction is considered.

The cost index for ‘goods inputs into construction’ is now racing ahead at its fastest rate since September 2008’s +12.4%. But that elevated rate of +12.4% a decade ago resulted from an artificial boom in homebuilding that was fueled by faulty subprime mortgage lending.

Economist John Burns of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, recently shared his predictions on a rise in household formation between 2016 to 2025 that, according to his analysis, will require 1.25 million housing units to be constructed per year to accommodate it.

SBCA is pleased to announce the publication of SBCA Research Report 1304-03, which provides best practice documentation to share with specifiers, the fire service and building officials who need help with fire-resistance techniques for L-type wall assembly connections on your jobsite.

With more than 100 years under its belt, the Keezell Building’s enclosure was far from energy efficient, especially when compared to today’s standards. Originally insulated with nothing, the structure proved a prime candidate for a high performing insulation system.