Legislative

New Jersey state lawmakers were at it again in 2018, seeking new state laws to establish fire safety standards, protocols and building labels for certain light frame residential construction; a move that would ultimately have placed restrictions on the use of component manufacturers’ products.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to encourage state-driven energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives that reduce energy costs for low-income households.

The following article summarizes a move by the fire service industry to curtail the use of wood in framing larger apartment buildings in New Jersey.  This is an effort SBCA has been opposed to through several legislative NJ sessions and, thankfully, this legislation has repeatedly failed to gain traction with lawmakers.

Members of U.S. Congress are now more than prepared to help the structural building components industry after SBCA members took to Capitol Hill June 11-13.

New legislation sponsored by Rep. Mark Brody, a Republican from Monroe who is a construction contractor, aims to alleviate at least one of the holdups homebuilders now face.

Standing close together to hear over the noise of saws and nail guns, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro and Daniel C. Tontarski, co-owner of Fabco Roof and Floor Trusses manufacturing, discussed the benefits and challenges of running a small manufacturing operation.

 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tuesday that seeks to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health.

Have an issue in your community impacting your business or a state regulation creating unnecessary burdens for your plant? Do what Reggie Stoltzfus is doing and run for office to change these issues.

With rapid advancement in technology, one has to wonder where it is going, and what impact it may have on construction. More companies are announcing the creation of LEGO-like wood, concrete, and plastic blocks that can be mass produced and used for homes.

Congressional lawmakers passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that was signed into on Friday, March 23. The omnibus will increase the Department of Energy's (DOE) budget to $34.5 billion (almost $4 billion more than FY 17). This includes additional funds to the following programs: