The California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) will award $500,000 in grants as part of the statewide California Mass Timber Building Competition. Grants will be awarded to selected proponent teams presenting viable and repeatable mass timber solutions.
Lumber futures reached a record in May that was 30% above the old all-time high set in the early 1990s. Still, lumber ended the year as one of the worst-performing commodities.
TAL Holdings LLC, an eight-store chain of retail building material centers in Oregon and Washington, has announced an agreement in principle to acquire Gerretsen Building Supply Co. in Roseburg, Oregon.
In a collaborative effort between researchers at ETH Zurich and MIT, a material was 3D printed with a stiffness that comes notably close to the theoretical maximum limit of a stiffness to weight ratio possible according to the laws of physics.
Home Innovation Research Labs conducted a survey of home builders in December. Respondents indicated they are continuing to increase their use of off-site construction, and plan to use it even more in 2019.
Freddie Mac analysis shows that 370,000 fewer units were built in 2017 than needed to satisfy demand. Overall, the now housing shortfall ranges from a low of 0.9 million to a high of 4.0 million housing units, as of the second quarter of 2018.
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the Quik Stik rafter and truss fastening system, a new solution for overhead fastening designed to reduce the risk of construction work-related injuries while boosting jobsite efficiencies, with speedier and more accurate fastening of rafter and truss assemblies.