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NAHB to Administration: Negotiate Now

Filed in Leadership by on August 2, 2018 5 Comments
NAHB to Administration: Negotiate Now

As lumber prices continue to climb to the detriment of home builders and their customers, members of the NAHB Board of Directors have an important message for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: Negotiate now.

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Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on June 22, 2018 4 Comments
Shortages of Framing Lumber More Widespread than Ever

Shortages of framing lumber are now more widespread than at any time since NAHB began tracking the issue in 1994, according to results from the May 2018 survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.

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Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

Filed in Capitol Hill by on June 6, 2018 13 Comments
Forest Service Pledges Largest Timber Harvest in 20 Years

In a victory for NAHB, Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen told Congress yesterday that the Forest Service expects its 2018 timber harvest will be the biggest in 20 years.

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Rising Prices of Lumber and Steel a ‘Terrible Downward Spiral’

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Economics, Trade by on May 17, 2018 0 Comments
Rising Prices of Lumber and Steel a ‘Terrible Downward Spiral’

Hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports are causing lumber prices to skyrocket and making many home builders pray for a prolonged price plateau. Will it be long before more builders start using alternative materials such as steel?

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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 43 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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