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Building Materials Prices Rise in February

Filed in Economics by on March 15, 2017 2 Comments
Building Materials Prices Rise in February

The cost of building homes is going up.

The latest Producer Price Index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices of softwood lumber, gypsum, ready-mix concrete and OSB all rose in February. The increases were led by gypsum products, with softwood lumber a close second.

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Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016

Filed in Economics by on January 27, 2017 1 Comment
Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016

Softwood lumber, oriented strand board (OSB), ready-mix concrete and gypsum products all posted price changes in 2016 well above the 1.3% average for the Consumer Price Index, according to the latest Producer Price index released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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NAHB Seeks New Lumber Sources in Chile

Filed in Home Building, Leadership by on September 8, 2016 0 Comments
NAHB Seeks New Lumber Sources in Chile

NAHB today completed four days of talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that focused on increasing exports of softwood lumber and other wood products to America.

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Senators Urge USTR to Address Builder, Consumer Concerns on Lumber

Filed in Capitol Hill by on September 6, 2016 1 Comment
Senators Urge USTR to Address Builder, Consumer Concerns on Lumber

Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to take into account the interests of domestic lumber consumers, including home builders, as talks progress with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement.

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Supply Caps on Canadian Lumber Could Be More Harmful than Tariffs

Supply Caps on Canadian Lumber Could Be More Harmful than Tariffs

U.S. and Canadian negotiators are meeting in Ottawa tomorrow to discuss the parameters of a new softwood lumber agreement, Trade barriers directly impact the cost of lumber, but NAHB research shows a cap on supply could potentially do the most damage to the housing industry.

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Building Materials Prices Move Lower in March

Filed in Economics, Home Building by on April 22, 2015 3 Comments
Building Materials Prices Move Lower in March

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for March, and the report was good news with respect to building materials, as prices for gypsum and wood products declined.

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Multi-Use Forest Practices Can Support Housing Recovery

Filed in Capitol Hill, Land Development by on March 24, 2015 0 Comments
Multi-Use Forest Practices Can Support Housing Recovery

Better forest management practices that are also mindful of environmental considerations will help rebuild the supply chain, ease escalating price pressures on softwood lumber and promote affordable housing opportunities for all Americans.

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Free Lumber Trade Critical for U.S. Housing, NAHB Tells Commerce Department

Filed in Construction Industry, Home Building by on May 30, 2014 0 Comments
Free Lumber Trade Critical for U.S. Housing, NAHB Tells Commerce Department

With the current Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada set to expire in October 2014 and the two nations now deciding whether to re-open negotiations, NAHB has weighed in with the U.S. government on the need to maintain access to competitively priced and readily available softwood lumber.

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