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At Behr, a paint and primer goes pro

BY Ken Clark

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.

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Housing starts improve in August

BY Ken Clark

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.

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Remodeling activity rebounds in July

BY Brae Canlen

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.

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