Tag: building materials

Timber Tower Proposals Advance through Code Hearings

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Multifamily by on April 20, 2018 1 Comment

As members of the International Code Council (ICC) continue their debates on more than 1,300 proposals to amend sections of building, fire, mechanical and plumbing codes, one set of proposals to allow taller wood-framed buildings sailed through the ICC Committee Action Hearings this week in Columbus, Ohio.

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Rising Lumber Prices Hit Home

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on April 13, 2018 17 Comments
Rising Lumber Prices Hit Home

A New England builder recently got an unwelcome surprise when he opened an email from the company that supplies the white cedar shingles for some of the homes he’s building. The shingles are subject to an immediate 20.8% duty, or an additional cost of $1,400 per unit for the 12 homes planned for construction.

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Softwood Lumber Outlook for 2018 Shaped by Wildfires, Tariffs

Filed in Business Management, Economics by on January 4, 2018 4 Comments
Softwood Lumber Outlook for 2018 Shaped by Wildfires, Tariffs

Prices closed out 2017 at or near record highs in most areas of the country, making the average price for the year the highest in the last 20 years. What’s in store for 2018 is likely more of the same.

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NAHB Disappointed in ITC Canadian Lumber Ruling

Filed in Construction Industry by on December 7, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Disappointed in ITC Canadian Lumber Ruling

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said the association is not satisfied with today’s ruling by the International Trade Commission that lumber shipments from Canada pose a threat of injury to domestic lumber producers.

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Drywall Prices Expected to Rise

Filed in Disaster Response, Economics by on September 15, 2017 0 Comments
Drywall Prices Expected to Rise

While most building materials prices will likely increase in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the price for gypsum might be the first to ascend as a result of the storms.

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NAHB Seeks Protection for Consumers Against Price Gouging as Communities Rebuild

Filed in Construction Industry, Disaster Response, Leadership by on September 5, 2017 3 Comments

“A reliable supply of reasonably priced construction materials will be essential to getting people back into their homes in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and to maintaining housing affordability nationwide,” said NAHB Chair Granger MacDonald in a statement last week.

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Weyerhaeuser Acknowledges Flak Jacket Protection Concerns

Filed in Construction Industry, Home Building by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments

Weyerhaeuser Company has acknowledged concerns about some newly constructed homes built with TJI Joists using the Flak Jacket Protection product.

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Rep. Westerman’s Forestry Bill a ‘Win-Win-Win,’ NAHB Tells Congress

Rep. Westerman’s Forestry Bill a ‘Win-Win-Win,’ NAHB Tells Congress

A draft legislative proposal by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) would encourage better management of the nation’s federal forest natural resources while also ensuring the continued recovery of the housing industry, NAHB told Congress Thursday.

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Cost of Building Materials is on the Rise

Filed in Economics by on April 14, 2017 6 Comments
Cost of Building Materials is on the Rise

Prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete, and OSB all rose for the second consecutive month, according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) released on April 13 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Softwood lumber and OSB experienced the largest price increases.

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Battle Moisture, Reduce Maintenance with Realistic Alternatives

Filed in Sponsored Content by on April 5, 2017 1 Comment
Battle Moisture, Reduce Maintenance with Realistic Alternatives

No one has to deal with the deterioration of outdoor products due to the assault of rain, snow or freezing temperatures—and the toll these extreme elements take on decking, trim, wood shakes or stone. Today, builders and remodelers have a wide choice of alternatives that look amazingly like the exterior building products they replace.

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