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Could LEGOs Be the Future for Home Construction?

Mon, 2018-04-30 12:45

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.

Manufacturers Address Labor Shortage and 'Skills Gap'

Mon, 2018-04-30 12:35

The U.S. has a big problem when it comes to the manufacturing labor, and component manufacturers (CMs) are certainly not immune to it.

Contracts Solidify SBCA-TPI Realignment

Mon, 2018-04-30 12:23

Staff of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) and Truss Plate Institute (TPI) met on February 20-23, 2018 to further refine the approach to association realignment and related management issues. 

Homebuilder Profits Opportunity for Recouping Margin?

Mon, 2018-04-30 11:45

Recent earnings reports from public builders like D.R. Horton, Meritage and Tripointe (as examples) make it clear homebuilders are not struggling to make a profit even as labor and building material prices have risen sharply. 

Senate Confirms New Chair of National Labor Board

Mon, 2018-04-30 11:18

The National Labor Relations Board is now controlled by a 3-2 Republican majority, a reversal of the Obama-era NLRB which oversaw a number of far-reaching, pro-union initiatives.

Is the Multifamily Slowdown Only Temporary?

Mon, 2018-04-30 11:10

This article makes clear, the perceived “glut” in multifamily construction is likely temporary.  Rents continue to increase due to a shortage of supply of both single-family units and apartment units.

Continuous Insulation Solves Energy Code Math Problem

Mon, 2018-04-23 18:54

Continuous insulation (ci) and cavity insulation products are both sold with R-value ratings, but the way these two products are used in wall construction means they do not have the same effectiveness.

Is Lumber Market Emulating Lemon Market, or Just a Lemon?

Mon, 2018-04-23 13:52

It’s clear that U.S. trade relationships are critical to component manufacturers (CMs) as the CM industry relies almost exclusively on two commodities, lumber and steel. Unfortunately, domestic markets for both of these raw materials are heavily influenced by a relatively small number of foreign countries.

Map: Tracking Single-Family Permit Growth by State

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:37

Over the first two months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 123,871. On a year-over-year basis, this is an 11.2% increase over the February 2017 level of 111,356.

BlueLinx Acquires Cedar Creek, Becomes $3.2B Company

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:34

BlueLinx announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cedar Creek, a leading building products wholesale distributor, a portfolio company of Charlesbank Capital Partners, for a purchase price of $413 million on a debt-free, cash-free basis.

UFPI Posts Record Q1 Earnings, Residential Sales Up

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:27

Universal Forest Products, Inc. today reported record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, the eleventh consecutive quarter in which the company has reported records in both net sales and net earnings.

Top 10 U.S. & Canadian Lumber Mills by Production

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:21

FEA Canada/WOOD MARKETS’ 2017 annual survey of “top 20” Canadian and U.S. lumber producers featured mixed production trends despite a runaway lumber market in the U.S. With few mill acquisitions, almost all of the production gains arose from improvements at existing mills

Building Officials Explore BCSI with CM's Help

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:11

Mike Karceski, president of Atlas Components, Inc. in Cherry Valley, Illinois, gave an SBCA presentation to building officials and building inspectors in the city of Danville, Illinois.

Map: Why U.S. Lawmakers Should Care About Homebuilding

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:59

Recent data says members of Congress have, on average, more than 8,800 residential construction workers in their districts and more than 3.8 million people across the U.S. working in residential construction (RC) in 2016 – accounting for about 2.5 percent of the nation’s workforce.

Simpson Develops New Foundation Anchor Adhesive

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:33

Formulated to yield superior performance in threaded rod anchor and rebar dowel installations in cracked and uncracked concrete at elevated temperatures, the new SET-3G high-strength anchoring adhesive is the latest innovation in epoxy anchoring adhesives from Simpson Strong-Tie.

Developer Chooses CFS Steel Over Wood, Cites Speed

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:30

By choosing cold-formed steel (CFS) for the project, Augustine tapped into both the versatility and durability that are unique qualities of the product, which enabled them to maximize its use for 34,000 linear feet of non-load bearing (nonstructural) CFS walls and 38,000 linear feet of prefabricated load-bearing (structural) CFS walls

Westervelt to Build 250 Mbf Lumber Mill in Alabama

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:25

Tuscaloosa's Westervelt Co. says it is completing plans for a new lumber facility in south Alabama which is expected to employ about 100 people.

WTO Appoints Two Panels to Investigate Lumber Tariffs

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:24

The World Trade Organization says its dispute settlement body has agreed to establish two panels to examine Canada's complaint about duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber imports.

BC Lumber Exports to U.S. Down 20%, Rail to Blame?

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:22

Softwood lumber exports from British Columbia to the United States plunged 20 per cent in March from a year ago, the federal government said, amid railway transportation problems.