Housing & Construction

Competition makes everyone in a market better. That is why SBCA continues to fight for a free and fair market place that has access to accurate and transparent information and facilitates good decision making.

Last year FastenMaster introduced the FrameFAST structural wood framing system for truss and rafter to top plate connections. 

On January 3, 2013, SBCA hosted a meeting with APA to address overstated OSB design properties in the building code. Mr. Elias, who attended the meeting, responded with a letter where he discusses the concept of “standard factors” for “product equivalency.

MiTek USA’s Hardy Frame® brand now offers the CFS Moment Frame, the industry’s first cold-formed steel (CFS) moment frame.

House prices are soaring and, despite warnings from some analysts, most Americans believe they will continue to soar. 

A majority of U.S. adults (64%) continue to believe home prices in their local area will increase over the next year, a recent survey released by polling firm Gallup concluded. That’s up nine percentage points over the past two years and is the highest percentage since before the housing market crash and Great Recession in the mid-2000s.

Insulation can increase a home’s energy efficiency, but only if it’s properly installed. Batt insulation installed as per manufacturer instructions should perform at its stated value, but R-value can decrease if it’s compressed in tight spaces.

The average completion time of a single-family house in 2017 was the same as it was in 2016, but it was longer than the time needed in 2015 (7 months).

This summer, hundreds of girls in Oregon, New York and California will attend camp. Oregon campers will learn to shut off a water main break. New York campers will learn about plumbing. And California girls will design and build furniture for a women’s shelter. 

The article below brings to light a growing trend of municipalities (in this case, Denver) using their funding clout to require contractors to hire at least a certain percentage of their workforce for a project from the local populous.