Home remodeling to slow, says Harvard study
Remodeling activity is expected to move at a sluggish pace this year due to the stalled housing market and economic recovery, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The center’s Remodeling Future’s Program predicted annual growth slowing throughout the year with spending up only 0.2% in 2011.
“Recent softness in the housing market and continued pessimism among remodeling contractors point to a slowdown in the remodeling market toward the end of the year,” said Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center.
The Remodeling Futures Program, initiated by the Joint Center for Housing Studies in 1995, is a comprehensive study of the factors influencing the growth and changing characteristics of housing renovation and repair activity in the United States. The program seeks to produce a better understanding of the home improvement industry and its relationship to the broader residential construction industry.
ProBuild brings FSC certification to 59 yards
ProBuild Holdings announced that 59 of its facilities nationwide have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification. This certification enables these locations to sell FSC-certified materials.
According to the ProBuild, the nation’s largest professional building materials supplier, FSC certifications complement ProBuild’s commitment to sustainability through its ProEarth platform. ProEarth is a comprehensive sustainability platform that guides how ProBuild does business. ProEarth’s three platform elements include: operational excellence, product stewardship and social responsibility.
“We have made a commitment to become FSC certified in markets where customer demand dictates,” said ProBuild CEO, Bill Myrick. “We support all types of wood certification programs so that we approach sustainability in a measurable, accountable and responsible way. This is only one step in our much longer journey to green as a company.”
An FSC product label ensures that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified sources.
“Our customers want high-quality green products from a professional, one-stop resource,” said Lisa Peterson, ProBuild’s vice president, marketing and communications. “FSC provides that credible certification so our customers know they are using responsibly harvested lumber.”
Parr Lumber names regional sales manager
Parr Lumber, the Pacific Northwest-based pro dealer, has promoted Nate Rasmussen to the position of eastern Washington regional sales manager. Rasmussen will develop sales strategies to increase services to key accounts in Spokane, Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Previously Rasmussen managed contractor sales for Parr in the Portland metro area.
Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., Parr operates 40 facilities in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Utah, including pro/retail building material yards, contractor-focused facilities and cabinet outlets. It was established in 1930.