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After a precipitous drop in OSB costs from November 2017 to January 2018, prices have climbed just as quickly in recent weeks.

Tech startup Doxel has developed a system driven by robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and LIDAR laser scanning technologies to streamline construction processes, according to Disruptor Daily.

Scientists have successfully engineered wood which with its bulletproof competence could be the sturdy construction material of the imminent future.

South Carolina is a leading state for fire deaths, but after an apartment fire in Port Royal this weekend, firefighters say sprinkler systems could get the state out of the top ten.

by Sean Shields and Kirk Grundahl

 

With softwood lumber costs reaching record levels, SBCA’s component manufacturer (CM) members are left wondering where the market may go from here.  There are several factors to consider, but the primary one is the relationship between ongoing demand and available production capacity.

Based on accelerated new home starts and increasing requests from builders for precast concrete foundations, Superior Walls celebrated a 12 percent business growth in 2017 over the previous year. Company leaders project that another 10 percent growth can be anticipated for 2018.

Along with steady development throughout the last 30 years, Structural Component Systems continues to grow quickly as it has added around 100 employees over the past two years.

Des Moines, Iowa is in the process of updating their building codes so they are aligned with the 2018 International Building Code. Rick Parrino, SBCA Board Member and general manager of Plum Building Systems, was gearing up to submit comments and speak with his local officials about Section 1705.5.2 – Metal-plate-connected wood trusses:

Discount Lumber was founded in Spokane all the way back in 1943. But for more than a decade now, it's added new dimensions to the business, making it a lot more than just lumber.