August 29, 2012

The makers of a leading exterior moss, mold, mildew and algae stain remover are rolling out a low-maintenance shower cleaner called Wet and Forget Shower.

The product slogan is: “Spray weekly. Scrub never.” And it expands the company's easy-to-use brand messaging. 

August 24, 2012

Too many contractors taking on too much low-bid work just to stay alive may soon result in a market shake-out, according to a report by FMI, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry.

FMI’s third-quarter nonresidential construction report index has dropped 5 points, putting it back at second-quarter 2010 levels. On the rise is the number of contractors participating in self-funded projects as a financing partner with owner/developers, the report said.

August 23, 2012

Quikrete, a manufacturer of packaged concrete products for the building and home improvement markets, has announced the six winners of the Quikrete “What America’s Made Of” sweepstakes. The winners, who entered the contest at, each received a copy of the "Quikrete Guide to Concrete" book and up to $599 in Quikrete products to help build a patio, BBQ fire pit, walkway or outdoor kitchen.

August 21, 2012

Norfolk, Neb.-based MP Global Products, a manufacturer of fiber acoustic underlayments, introduced VersaStick premium "green" pressure sensitive flooring adhesive.

The no-VOC product works with luxury vinyl tile/plank and multi-ply engineered plank hardwood flooring over approved substrates.

August 15, 2012

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points for August  on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the fourth consecutive month of improvement, and brings the HMI to its highest point -- 37 -- since February 2007.

August 9, 2012

Eagle Materials, producer of basic building products including cement and gypsum wallboard, reported sales of $154.0 million in the quarter ended June 30, up 29% from the same quarter last year.

The sales increase was driven primarily by increased wallboard average net sales prices and increased sales volumes for all of the company’s diversified businesses.

Net earnings for the quarter were $13.98 million, up from $807,000 in the prior-year quarter.

August 1, 2012

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August 1, 2012

LEED v4, the proposed update to the nation’s most prevalent green building program, has been under intense pressure to change its current wood certification rating system, which only recognizes one set of standards, those of the Forest Stewardship Council. But the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees the LEED program and its current revision process, is now under fire for another part of the LEED update that has nothing to do with wood.

July 25, 2012

Sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 8.4% in June 2012 compared with the previous month, reaching an annual rate of 350,000 units, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The bad news follows similar numbers from the National Association of Realtors, which reported last week that completed sales transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops declined 5.4% in June 2012 compared with May.

July 20, 2012

Lowe’s will begin carrying a line of outdoor sheds made of structural insulated panels (SIPS) at its 1,700 retail locations, as well as through its website. But unlike traditional SIPS – rigid foam insulation between two panels of oriented strand board (OSB) – the new product will be made with sheets of magnesium oxide, often referred to as MgO.

July 19, 2012

Cali Bamboo, a leading manufacturer of green building materials made primarily from bamboo, is now offering composite decking made from bamboo and recycled plastic.

July 18, 2012

BlueLinx has announced that its onCENTER Engineered Lumber products are now included in the product library of MiTek's Sapphire Structure software.

With version 7.3.5 Service Pack 1, released June 28, 2012, users of Sapphire Structure can now specify onCENTER BLI Joists, onCENTER LVL and onCENTER Rim Board, and the MiTek Single Member Design Engine will analyze each member using material properties provided by BlueLinx.

July 17, 2012

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points for July on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the largest one-month gain recorded by the index in nearly a decade, and brings the HMI to its highest point -- 35 -- since March 2007.

July 13, 2012

Addressing the problem of time-consuming cleanup of drywall finishing projects, CertainTeed Gypsum is rolling out new products in the western United States.

Dust Away Reduced Airborne Dust Drywall Compound and Dust Away Renovation Mud feature innovative technology that reduces the amount of airborne dust generated through sanding by more than 70% compared with standard drywall compound.

The products were originally launched in the Canadian market in 2009.

July 13, 2012

Rosen Materials, a Florida-based distributor of residential and commercial gypsum products and steel framing, has hired Andrew Randle as director of national accounts.

Andrew joins Rosen from Stock Building Supply, where he spent six years and held numerous positions, including building material sales, key account management, divisional sales management and his most recent role as national account manager to numerous top production builders.

July 12, 2012

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told a Congressional committee on July 11 that proposed mortgage lending reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act must protect consumers’ access to credit to allow them to enter the housing market. 

July 3, 2012

According to paver manufacturer EP Henry, maker of the ECO line of permeable pavers, there are several ways an outdoor paved area can be environmentally friendly, contribute to LEED certification and earn the owner tax credits.

The benefits apply to homes and businesses, according to the company. Here are six:

July 3, 2012

In downtown Philadelphia, Nexus EnergyHomes is bringing to market the first net-zero capable townhomes in the city while advancing the green building trend.   

June 29, 2012

The new Non-Penetrating LCD Moisture Meter with Tricolor Bar Graph from General Tools & Instruments offers professionals and DIYers a powerful and affordable tool, according to the New York City-based manufacturer.

The MMD7NP measures the moisture content of hardwood, softwood, drywall, masonry or concrete. It can also detect moisture below the surface of carpets and subflooring; and locating water leaks above ceilings, below floors or behind walls. 

June 25, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said its LEED for Homes program crossed the 20,000-home milestone.

More than 20,000 homes across the United States have earned certification through the national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.

June 20, 2012

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of two mounted lighting fixtures, one an indoor ceiling fixture and the other an outdoor lantern. 

June 19, 2012

Gaco Western, a maker of spray foam insulation, announced GacoGreen 052/052N earned credentials as code-compliant in a multiple categories.

An evaluation report (ESR# 2478) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), provided evidence that the half pound open cell spray-applied polyurethane foam meets the following code requirements:

June 4, 2012

Trus Joist TJI Joists received a top rating of a recent survey of 10,800 builder-developers and general contractors.

The Builder Magazine survey recognized Trus Joist TJI Joists as a top-rated product for the 13th straight year.

May 23, 2012

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has sent a letter to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) president and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, urging changes to the treatment of forest products under the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2012 rating system. LEED is currently taking public comment as it revises its evaluation process and standards, which will be released in November of 2012.