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GAF sponsors Principia roofing conference

BY Ken Clark

Roofing supplier GAF became a full program sponsor for the Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 conference to be held on April 8 and 9 in Charlotte, N.C.

“GAF is proud to sponsor Energy Efficient Roofing 2013. We view our partnership with the conference as a natural extension to GAF’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”

John Calhoon, a principal at Principia and chair for the conference, said: “We are very excited to have GAF as the full program sponsor for Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 as they have been involved in the conference since the early planning stages. GAF is a leader in the roofing industry and their sponsorship is a reflection of the commitment they’ve made to energy efficiency and sustainability in commercial and residential roofing.”

Tony Ruffine, GAF’s VP sustainability and strategic marketing, said: “GAF is proud to sponsor Energy Efficient Roofing 2013. We view our partnership with the conference as a natural extension to GAF’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 represents Principia’s latest executive conference focused on a fast growing segment in the building materials industry. This high-level management conference will deliver timely business and technical issues relevant to the energy-efficient segment of the roofing industry. Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 is the only conference devoted to this hot topic.

The conference features speakers from across the value chain from leading manufacturers and national roofing contractors to industry associations, advocacy groups and thought leaders in energy-efficient construction. Andre Desjarlais, group leader of Building Envelope Research at Oak Ridge National Labs, will discuss the latest designs in energy-efficient roof and attic design. Chris Mathis from Mathis Consulting Company will explore issues such as, why is it a good investment to design and construct a durable and energy-efficient roof in his session, “Why Buildings Matter.”

Visit roofingconference.com for the conference program.

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Industry Dashboard for March 25, 2013

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Gas prices hover at a national average of $3.69 for a gallon of regular. Plus, housing starts dials show slight improvement over last month, and big improvement over last year.

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WOLF survey shows uptick in buyer optimism

BY Ken Clark

York, Pa.-based cabinet supplier WOLF reported a slight increase in its Key Buyer Index for March.

The March KBI score of 66.67 was up from the February KBI of 65.67.

“This modest increase suggests that building materials buyers at selected independent LBM dealers in the eastern United States remain bullish on the housing economy in that region of the country, but have slowed their buying slightly as a result of harsh winter weather in parts of the east (especially in New England) and delayed effects of Hurricane Sandy (in the Middle Atlantic States),” the company said. 

The KBI is based on a poll of 141 suppliers. A score of 50 reflects a neutral outlook, a score above 50 reflects a positive outlook, and a score below 50 reflects a negative outlook.

The largest KBI score for kitchen and bath cabinetry, 76.19, came from respondents in the Northeast. The Middle Atlantic also returned a high KBI score of 73.64.

WOLF describes itself as the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of building products in 28 states along the East Coast.

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