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Court Blocks Overtime Rule, DOJ Moves to Drop Appeal

Mon, 2017-09-11 10:18

The Justice Department Sept. 5 asked a federal appeals court to dismiss the DOJ’s appeal in the ongoing battle over a stalled Obama overtime rule that was expected to make some 4 million workers newly eligible for time-and-a-half pay.

Unique Framing Approach Saved These Houston Homes

Mon, 2017-09-11 10:15

A Houston custom homebuilder has built several pier-and-beam homes in Houston. All of the homes made it through Harvey untouched by rising floodwaters, except for the ground-level garages

56% of ProDealers Report Increased Sales in Q2 2017

Mon, 2017-09-11 10:06

BlueTarp Financial released today its Q2 2017 Building Supply Index. The Q2 2017 index value rose to 131.04 from 119.98 in Q2 2016 the most notable increase to-date.  

Charts: How Long it Took to Frame a House in 2016

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:56

The 2016 Survey of Construction shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7.5 months, which usually includes almost a month from authorization to start and another 6.5 months to finish the construction.

Use of MiTek’s Web-Based Design Tool Software Tops 4M

Mon, 2017-09-11 09:42

MiTek’s DIY Technologies, the market-leading, web-based design software for decks and outdoor living spaces, today announced that more than four million projects have run through the system.

Wall Insulation Code Compliance: R U Confused Yet?

Tue, 2017-09-05 22:39

This article provides an analysis of three equivalent wall assemblies from a thermal performance perspective that have very different insulation R-value specifications: R-20 + 0ci, R-13 + 5ci, and R-0 + 15ci.

Should CMs Control Their Own Destiny?

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:26

The Executive Committee of the Structural Building Component Association (SBCA) has recently discussed with members of the Truss Plate Institute (TPI) the concept that TPI realign as a council within SBCA and cease to operate as a separate organization.

How CMs Can Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 2017-09-05 13:05

The extensive damage created by Hurricane Harvey in Texas has been widely reported.  SBCA wants to share the following ways component manufacturers can help out if they are able.

Tips for Addressing Skilled CM Employees with Poor Attitudes

Tue, 2017-09-05 12:01

What do you do if a highly skilled employee has a bad attitude?

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Tue, 2017-09-05 11:54

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Tue, 2017-09-05 11:54

Will Legislative Deal Be a Boon for California CMs?

Tue, 2017-09-05 11:10

Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal on a trio housing bills expected to spur new construction across the state and begin digging California out of the current unprecedented housing shortage .

Is Houston’s Labor Shortage an Opportunity for Components?

Tue, 2017-09-05 10:58

One major problem facing Houston is that the United States is suffering from a shortage of workers generally, and specifically from a shortage of workers with some of the necessary skills to assist in disaster recovery.

Secretary Mnuchin Revises Tax Reform Goal

Tue, 2017-09-05 10:13

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he’s hopeful about getting a tax-code overhaul done by the end of this year after flatly stating he was “wrong” about finishing a deal by August.

Maine Governor: Lumber Tariffs Threaten U.S. Jobs

Tue, 2017-09-05 10:04

Gov. Paul LePage has asked President Donald Trump's administration to exempt eastern Canadian provinces from softwood lumber tariffs that he says will lead to layoffs and shut-down operations in Maine.

Oregon Senator Criticizes Canadian Lumber Tariff Delay

Tue, 2017-09-05 09:59

Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today criticized the Commerce Department’s announcement of a two-month delay in levying final tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.

OSHA May Delay Crane Certification Rules Another Year

Mon, 2017-08-28 13:36

According to a recent Federal Register notice, OSHA is seeking to delay by a year its new certification requirements for construction crane operators, which are currently set to go into effect on November 10, 2017.

Homebuilders Say Labor Shortage Number One Challenge

Mon, 2017-08-28 13:31

Homebuilders are moving at a snail's pace to meet this heated demand — they are breaking ground on just 849,000 new single-family homes per year, well below the 2007 rate of 1,036,000.

Video: Housing Demand Unaffected by Mortgage Deduction Repeal?

Mon, 2017-08-28 13:26

There may be rumblings about lowering the cap on mortgage interest rate deductions, but it would have a "rather small effect" on the housing market, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller says.