Source: Woodworking Network By Bill Esler
There are two sides to every plywood panel (technically there are six). So when the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that China's plywood manufacturers had sold at predatory pricing levels - below the cost of production - U.S. plywood makers cheered.
Source: PR Newswire
The return of the US housing market is driving up demand for lumber and wood panel products. In response Oriented Strand Board (OSB) capacity is expected to expand, according to a new study published today by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 7.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 421,000 units in August, according to newly released figures from HUD and U.S. Census Bureau. The gain partly offsets a dip in sales activity that occurred in July as consumers reacted to higher interest rates.
Source: Energy Manager Today
The energy-savings potential of a building is not equal across all buildings in a large portfolio, but buildings with the highest potential have an average energy-saving opportunity of 41 percent, according to a report from energy auditing software maker Retroficiency.
Source: DOOR & WINDOW MARKET MAGAZINE
Nearly three-fourths of construction firms from around the nation report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots and feel the problem is only going to worsen, according to a recent survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Window companies wholeheartedly agree this continues to be a serious problem. But it’s not finding applicants that’s the problem.
Led by a solid increase in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000 units in August, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, construction of multifamily buildings slowed following a rebound in the previous month.