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Framing Lumber Prices are Down
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Framing Lumber Prices are Down

In 2015, lumber prices were significantly down year-over-year—even with the pickup... Read more

This Re-engineered Brick Keeps Buildings Cool
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This Re-engineered Brick Keeps Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation... Read more

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Three Ways Insulation is Evolving Three Ways Insulation is Evolving

Energy codes, material enhancements, and a systems approach to the building envelope are helping drive the market. Read more

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Prices for Softwood, OSB Rise While Gypsum Slides Prices for Softwood, OSB Rise While Gypsum Slides

The NAHB's Robert Denk dives into the latest Producer Price Indexes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed prices for wood products rising in June. Read more

Lennar Pioneers New Foundation System
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Lennar Pioneers New Foundation System

The commercial-based product provides an affordable elevated slab option that... Read more

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Tile Roofing Can Work for Extreme Conditions Tile Roofing Can Work for Extreme Conditions

Roof tile can be adapted to nearly any environmental condition and climate zone. In this article the building gurus at JLC focus on two of the most challenging for tile: high-wind and cold-climate regions. Read more

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Wood Prices Rise in June, With Fire Season Concerns Ahead Wood Prices Rise in June, With Fire Season Concerns Ahead

The NAHB's Robert Denk looks at the latest Producer Price Indexes for June, showing price inflation on goods and services of 0.4% in June, led by a jump in gas prices, and a leap in wood product prices, reversing a downward trend. Read more

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Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Use Hemp in Home Building Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Use Hemp in Home Building

The New York Times' Matt Chaban looks at the burgeoning hempcrete industry, whereby marijuana plants are turned into building materials that are free from toxins, impervious to mold and pests, and, believe it or not, fireproof. Read more

6-Story Wood Frame Buildings Will Be a "Huge Challenge," Fire Officials Say
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6-Story Wood Frame Buildings Will Be a "Huge Challenge," Fire Officials Say

The Edmonton Journal's Elise Stolte looks at a recent code change in the Canadian... Read more

Tags: Wood, Lumber, Framing
Rice Husks May Find Use in Improved Particleboard
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Rice Husks May Find Use in Improved Particleboard

Engineering students from the University of California, Riverside, have created a... Read more

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