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NAHB Seeks New Lumber Sources in Chile

Filed in Home Building, Leadership by on September 8, 2016 1 Comment
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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Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Exterior in New Homes

Filed in Home Building by on September 26, 2015 0 Comments
Vinyl is the Most Widely Used Exterior in New Homes

Vinyl, including vinyl-covered aluminum was the most common exterior wall material used in homes started in 2014, according to an analysis of government data by NAHB economist Ashok Chaluvadi.

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Builders Rate their Biggest Challenges

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on May 3, 2015 1 Comment
Builders Rate their Biggest Challenges

In a special January survey, builders ranked the most significant problems the industry is expected to face in 2015.

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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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What’s Up With Materials Prices? Gypsum, for One.

Filed in Economics by on October 20, 2014 3 Comments
What’s Up With Materials Prices? Gypsum, for One.

The latest government report shows that gypsum wholesale prices edged 0.1% lower in September from the previous month and are down from the most recent February peak. However, prices won’t stay this way for long.

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Key Building Material Shortages Ease in 2014

Filed in Economics, Home Building, Housing Trends by on August 13, 2014 0 Comments
Key Building Material Shortages Ease in 2014

Unlike recent news that builders continue to face serious difficulties finding lots and labor to build new homes, a survey conducted by NAHB in July shows that shortages of key building materials have actually eased in 2014. In fact, only 15% of builders reported some or serious shortages of trusses or clay bricks, the highest incidence among the more than 20 materials builders were asked about. Fourteen percent reported shortages of windows/doors, gypsum wall board and cabinets, respectively.

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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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Favorable Ruling in Chinese Drywall Case Announced

Filed in Home Building, Legal by on January 29, 2014 0 Comments

In a big win for builders and home owners, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision of a lower court that a foreign company that made a product that caused harm in the United States can be held liable in American courts. The case, Germano, et al v. Taishan Gypsum Company, Limited, involved […]

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NAHB Helps Builders Make the Right Choice in Selecting Building Materials

Filed in Home Building by on December 23, 2013 0 Comments

Builders face many choices in selecting new products, materials, equipment and fixtures to use in constructing a home, and can determine which building materials best fit their needs by getting information about new or unfamiliar items from manufacturers and distributors. Reviewing building material choices in advance may help eliminate non-conforming building materials, returns and possibly […]

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