NAHB – Homebuilder Sentiment Rises To Best Level This Year

From the online news source, “Business Insider “: According to the NAHB, homebuilder sentiment rose more than expected in June and to the best level since January after holding steady during the four months in between. The National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index for June climbed to 60 from 58, topping the forecast for a More Info »

, June 17, 2016



Construction Employment Increases in 244 Metro Regions

According to federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metropolitan areas in the USA and was unchanged in 44 areas. 70 areas saw a decline between March, 2015 and March, 2016. AGCA data shows that the building recovery continues to be broad-based geographically More Info »

, May 25, 2016



IMI Position on Wall Systems Reinforces CavityComplete

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) position on the value of designing sustainable masonry cavity walls as systems rather than as a grouping of individual components reinforces the value of designing and building with CavityComplete. CavityComplete is the first and only tested and warrantied total cavity wall system. CavityComplete includes Mortar Net Solutions products MortarNet, More Info »

, March 21, 2016



Lack of Skilled Workers Still a Major Bottleneck for New Construction

A lack of skilled workers in the masonry industry and construction in general continues to make it difficult or impossible for contractors to keep up with building demand.  Ironically, according to this article from the Associated General Contractors of America, hiring has actually slowed recently.  The question is, has hiring slowed because demand is falling More Info »

, March 1, 2016



Jose Martinez Wins World of Concrete Fastest Trowel Competition

Jose Noe Martinez won the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block Contest at this year’s World of Concrete.  The contest pitted journemen masons and their tenders against one another to see who could build the best 30 foot-long 8″ CMU wall in twenty minutes.  Contestants were judged on both the number of block they laid More Info »

, February 11, 2016



What The Heck Is A WUFI?

WUFI sounds like a Star Wars character, but it’s actually an extremely useful software suite that calculates simultaneous heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components.  It can account for literally hundreds of variables, from insulation size and type to window and door sizes and types to siding to typical weather conditions for the building More Info »

, January 21, 2016



Second Tier Cities – Where Building Growth Will Be In The Next Five Years

According to the below article, second tier cities like Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Portland, Austin, and other cities in the 1-5 million population range will be where the growth and therefore building demand will be during the next 5 years. Distributors and good contractors in these types of cities will be the hottest prospects for More Info »

, December 28, 2015



Exceptional Industry Growth in Some Sectors, More Growth Projected for 2016

Gilbane, a national construction and real estate development company, said in its Summer 2015 Construction Economics Report, 2015 will see record-breaking spending growth for some sectors of non-residential construction.  Spending on manufacturing buildings was up 50% in 2015 over last year to $86.4 billion, an unprecedented year-over-year growth increase. Other growth areas include education buildings, More Info »

, December 14, 2015



Energy Codes, Material Enhancements And A Systems Approach To The Building Envelope Are Helping Drive The Commercial Market

According to Brian Libby writing in Architect Magazine, increasingly stringent energy codes and an industry-wide push for greener materials are motivating insulation manufacturers and building scientists to rethink insulation’s role in the wall system. Sales of the material across the residential and commercial supply chains are forecast to rise 6.6 percent annually through 2019 to roughly $10.3 More Info »

, November 18, 2015



New Rigid Insulation With Graphite Promises High R-value With Thinner Material

A relatively new Graphite Polystyrene (GPS) rigid insulation is now available from a number of manufacturers. The graphite allows the insulation to be thinner while exhibiting comparable R-value to thicker expanded polystyrene (EPS) boards, and it enhances the material’s R-value as temperatures decrease so it retains more of its R-value in colder temperatures. Depending on More Info »

, November 13, 2015