Tag: building materials

Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

Filed in Disaster Response, Legal by on March 23, 2020 1 Comment
Be Prepared for Changes in the Supply Chain Caused by the Coronavirus

As part of an overall contract assessment, one of the most efficient ways to address unexpected price increases in building materials may be to use an escalation clause. If you do not already include an escalation in your contracts, consider adding one.

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How the Hidden Costs of Housing Affect Affordability

Filed in Affordability by on March 3, 2020 7 Comments
How the Hidden Costs of Housing Affect Affordability

TheHill.TV explores the hidden costs behind rising home prices and how they’re contributing to the housing affordability crisis.

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Updated Guidelines for Installing Wood Flooring

Filed in Home Building by on February 20, 2020 0 Comments
Updated Guidelines for Installing Wood Flooring

The National Wood Flooring Association has updated its comprehensive guidelines for the proper installation of wood flooring. Thanks to a collaboration between the NWFA and NAHB staff, the guidelines are available to NAHB members for free.

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Labor Shortages Remain Top Concern for Builders

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Housing Trends by on February 20, 2020 5 Comments
Labor Shortages Remain Top Concern for Builders

More than four out of five builders – 85% – expect to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor this year, according to a recent survey of NAHB members.

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Builders Should be Aware of the UV Resistance of Certain Plastic Tubing

Filed in Construction Industry, Legal by on February 6, 2020 0 Comments
Builders Should be Aware of the UV Resistance of Certain Plastic Tubing

Some types of plastic materials have sensitivities to the ultraviolet waves in natural sunlight. UV damage is not visible to the naked eye, but excessive exposure of certain plastic materials can lead to long-term degradation and a potentially reduced service life.

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Help Lift Housing By Bringing Material Costs Down

Filed in Affordability, Trade by on August 15, 2019 1 Comment
Help Lift Housing By Bringing Material Costs Down

The United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) holds the potential to boost the housing economy and reduce price volatility for building materials. Take action now and ask your member of Congress to ratify the USMCA.

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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 14 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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