Industry News

Here’s a look at the three key mistakes builders make that foster mold and rot and how to avoid them.

Dense-blown cellulose is an important problem-solver for high-performance builders and remodelers. In a retrofit situation, when you blow the material into a leaky wall cavity, you can reduce infiltration losses at the same time you boost insulation values.

As the article below illustrates, eight years of economic expansion is having positive impacts on the housing industry, even in the ‘bubble markets’ that fell the farthest during the last economic recession.

Universal Forest Products is investing $6.1 million in a new manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. The plant is expected to create more than 120 jobs during the next few years.

An enhancement to the Eliminate Tie Plate feature was added in Alpine’s IntelliVIEW version 17.02. In addition to eliminating the tie plate on top ribbons, this enhancement will eliminate the bottom tie plate as well. 

Simpson Strong-Tie has acquired LotSpec, a suite of software applications designed to optimize efficiency and productivity for production homebuilders' needs around construction document and option management solutions. 

Our readership may not realize how much truss use has become the “norm” when news articles talk about framing. Trusses are nearly synonymous with framing when construction is being discussed. To that end, we are interested in reviewing the ways in which the media uses images of building components when it comes to building construction. We also need to explore how each member can leverage that in their local markets.

Just over a month after the Trump Administration announced it was going to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, we are beginning to see bilateral agreements and renegotiated trade deals taking place.

Lumber costs are often thought to be controlled by simple supply and demand.  We’ve recently published several articles addressing the supply side of this equation, but what about demand?