At Behr, a paint and primer goes pro
Santa Ana, Calif.-based Behr Process Corp. announced that its latest paint-and-primer-in-one product is now available through its professional products and services program called BehrPro.
The Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer in One is, according to the manufacturer, offering enhanced stain-blocking attributes to meet the demanding needs of professional painters, contractors and remodelers.
"BehrPro strives to help professionals build better businesses, and our new Interior Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer in One provides a one-solution formula for professionals seeking an efficient, long-lasting product," said Colin Jaffe, senior VP operations for professional products and services at Behr Process Corp. "Using our improved Premium Plus Ultra, professionals will be able to finish projects — ranging from large multi-family housing paint work to handling small residential touch-ups — in fewer coats while still providing outstanding protection that lasts longer and satisfies clients’ expectations."
The newest interior paint line also results in a reduced dry time. Additionally, the 100% acrylic and low-VOC formula incorporates an antimicrobial-mildew resistant finish, and provides scuff, stain and mark resistance.
Housing starts improve in August
Government data released Wednesday morning show residential construction climbing slowly out of an historically deep hole.
Housing starts increased in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 750,000 — that’s up 2.3% from the July rate and up 29.1% from the August 2011 rate.
While building permits declined to a rate of 803,000 in August, down from 811,000 in July, the forward-looking statistic increased 24.5% from the August 2011 building permit figure of 645,000.
Also gaining are single-family starts, the bread and butter of many home channel companies. Single-family starts increased in August to a rate of 535,000, up 5.5% from the previous month and up 26.8% from the year-ago rate.
To put the numbers in an historical context, a full year with 750,000 starts would be the fourth lowest year since the government began keeping track of the statistic in 1959. However, an end-of-year figure of 750,000 would be an increase of 39%, 28% and 23% when compared with the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Remodeling activity rebounds in July
Residential remodeling activity in the United States rose 6% in July 2012 compared with the previous month, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, a national database of building permit data. The July 2012 figure is 15% higher than residential remodels in July of 2011, according to the index.
Annual rates of remodeling authorized by building permits across the country in July 2012 were estimated as follows: Northeast, 765,000 (up 11% from June and up 31% from July 2011); South, 1,420,000 (up 24% from June and up 29% from July 2011); Midwest, 507,000 (down 4% from June and up 1% from July 2011); and West, 846,000 (up 2% from June and up 9% from July 2011).
“Remodeling activity rebounded in July after a slower June, and residential remodeling activity in 2012 remains significantly above what we saw in 2011,” said Joe Emison, VP research and development at BuildFax.
Co-headquartered in Austin, Texas, and Asheville, N.C., BuildFax, a division of BUILDERadius, maintains a national database of historical building permit data. It also operates a proprietary property intelligence engine that contains building and permitting information from more than 4,000 cities and counties throughout the country.