KB Homes to add LP radiant barrier
KB Homes has announced its intention to add LP’s TechShield Radiant Barrier roof sheathing at no additional cost in new homes built across the United States. The company is the first residential home builder to make this a standard feature in all its new community homes.
KB Homes also installs low-E windows, Energy Star appliances and programmable thermostats as standard features in its homes.
LP TechShield is made of a thin sheet of aluminum laminated to oriented strand board (OSB). The product helps block heat in the roof sheathing from entering the attic, reducing the overall heat load and energy costs.
“KB Homes prides itself on being an innovator among its competitors, continually looking for new technologies that will benefit our home buyers,” said Dan Bridleman, the company’s VP supply chain and technology.
Boise Cascade signs lease in N.J.
Boise Cascade’s building materials distribution division has leased property to augment operations at its facility in Delanco, N.J. The new facility has 300,000 sq. ft. of inside storage and approximately 20 acres of usable yard space. Rail service is also included.
The new facility will allow for expansion of the current inventory and the addition of new product lines. Stan Bell, president of Boise Cascade’s building materials distribution, said: “This expansion is a continuation of our expansion strategy and our strategy to provide our customers with broader and deeper product lines. We are looking forward to more of these expansions and upgrades in the near future.”
Remodeling activity gains in January
Residential remodeling activity rose 22% in January 2011 in year-over-year comparisons, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, a national database of building permit data. Residential remodels in January were down 5% from December 2010, however.
All regions of the country posted year-over-year gains, although the Northeast continues to lag behind the other regions. For the first time in four years, the Northeast posted a year-over-year gain (7%) in January.
The other regions all did significantly better than the Northeast, posting double-digit percentage gains over their respective January 2010 values: 13% for the South, 28% for the Midwest and 19% for the West.
As is usual in January, index values were down month-over-month in every region: The Northeast was down 9%, the South was down 5%, the Midwest was down 10%, and the West was down 4%.
Based in Austin, Texas, BuildFax derives its remodeling index on monthly building permit activity filed with local building departments across the country.