2011 PDIS to examine census and opportunity
A senior economist for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and a well-known lumber industry consultant will team up and offer insights into the 2010 census.
The educational session is one of the highlights on the agenda for the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit, an event hosted jointly by the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News Oct. 26 to 28 in San Antonio.
Led by David Vandenbroucke, senior economist for HUD, and Greg Brooks, president of BSCi, the Oct. 27 session promises an exclusive review of the second edition of the NLBMDA SCOPE report. The session will strive to show building material channel trends, from the point of view of customers.
The 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit will also feature special events, including: the NLBMDA Officers Installation Dinner, the HCN ProDealer of the Year Awards dinner and a yard tour of the 2009 Pro Dealer of the Year, McCoy’s Building Supply.
Construction spending grows in several sectors
Builders and developers spent $799.1 billion on construction projects in August 2011, a 1.4% rise from July’s estimated rate, according to numbers released by the U.S. Commerce Department. Spending on private construction was approximately $511.0 billion, 0.4% above the previous month. Residential construction was estimated at $237.8 billion in August, 0.7% above July’s figure. Nonresidential construction, such as offices, restaurants and hotels, was $273.1 billion in August, 0.2% above the previous month’s spending rate.
In public construction, where the increases were more dramatic, August saw a jump of 3.1% to $288.2 billion compared with July. Educational construction was estimated at $72.7 billion, 4.3% above the previous month. Highway construction was at $80.2 billion, 3.5% higher that July’s estimated spending.
MicroPro technology course enters AIA CE syllabus
Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose announced a new online American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Program course titled, Micronized Technology for Pressure Treated Wood.
The course for design professionals familiarizes them with wood as a sustainable building material, the pressure treating process, environmental certifications and other benefits of micronized copper pressure treated wood products, according to Osmose.
A web site allows professionals to take the online quiz and receive CE credit.