From Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, to the Korean Peninsula
Eighty Four, Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber is partnering with two South Korean home builders — Southwest Coast Enterprise City Development Co. and Insigong — to expand the use of wood frame housing in the country.
Both builders will work with 84 Lumber through its World Trade division on full house packages with plans and materials, including lumber, windows, siding, roofing, insulation, drywall, paint, oak stairs, hardwood flooring and exterior and interior doors.
Part of the Bosung group, the fourth largest contractor in South Korea, Southwest Coast Enterprise City Development Co. (SCECD) has embarked on the development of 2,000 wood frame single-family homes and townhouses in the SolaSeaDo golf course community. Phase one of the project will include construction of 50 model homes by mid-year 2017. The entire development is expected to be complete by April 2018. As a contractor of mainly high-rise concrete construction, SCECD is expanding to wood frame housing to give future homeowners a more modern and healthy lifestyle.
Insigong will be using 84 Lumber wood frame housing products and techniques for the Sumanri Eco Village project in Hwasun-gun, South Korea. Phase one includes the completion of an outdoor deck theater and 500 cabin and tree house-style units for the project’s International Cabin Festival Village. Phase two will include development of 200 single-family homes and townhouses in the Eco Village. Construction for both is expected to begin in October 2016. As part of the project, 84 Lumber has already built and shipped two model homes from its Summerville, South Carolina store location.
“We are excited to expand our product portfolio and construction services beyond the United States through these partnerships with two of South Korea’s most significant contractors,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, President and Owner, 84 Lumber Company. “We continue to see a growing preference for the cost-saving, energy-efficient and time-saving benefits that American construction methods provide, and we are proud to be the only supplier who can service projects from start to finish for developers and builders around the globe.”
84’s World Trade division is a single purchasing source for all building materials, with in-house capabilities and expertise to provide turnkey products, installation tools and coordination of shipments worldwide.
Throwback Thursday: In Stock
The July 17, 2006 issue of Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, featured Stock Building Supply on the cover – “backed by British parent Wolseley, (Stock) has reorganized for continental growth.”
The lumberyard company was described as a “North American Super Power,” and rightly so. The company operated some 300 units and generating some $5 billion in revenues.
The issue showed CEO Fenton Hord at the company’s Raleigh, North Carolina, distribution center. Since that cover shoot, Stock was purchased by private investors and recently merged with BMC to form BMC-Stock Holdings.
Marking the end of a building supply era, the “Stock” brand and the recently merged organization is being removed to make way for the unified BMC brand.
LBM Dealers unite on energy codes
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association is encouraging dealers to support the achievable building energy codes in comprehensive energy legislation. And they’re asking them to tell their lawmakers about it, too.
In an action alert distributed Wednesday, the NLBMDA explained:
“The House of Representatives and Senate recently appointed negotiators to reach a final agreement on a comprehensive energy bill. NLBMDA supports a provision included in the House-passed version of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8) that would define the Department of Energy's (DOE) role in new model energy code development and guarantees that certain products and technologies are not given preferential treatment.
“Championed by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the provision seeks to define DOE's role in code development by:
• Increasing Transparency: Requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to publish energy savings targets, code change proposals and all supporting analysis and methodology in the Federal Register and accept public comment;
• Ensuring Product and Technology-Neutrality: Strengthens DOE's role as a neutral, technical advisor, but prohibits DOE from advocating for certain products/technologies; and,
• Promoting Cost-Effectiveness: Requires any code or proposal supported by DOE to have a simple payback (increased compliance costs should be paid back through utility savings) of 10 years or less.
The Senate version of the energy bill (S. 2012) does not include the NLBMDA-backed building code language.”
There’s a variety of actions dealers can take to support the “Blackburn-Shrader” provision: visit NLBMDA’s Legislative Action Center, write a letter and send a tweet to their lawmakers.