This was another year of solid growth, representing steady progress in an economy slowing emerging from recession.
ProSales 2013 Top 100 - National Lumber is #19!
Home Channel News 2013 Top 300 - National Lumber is #35!
Massachusetts Stretch Code - Not all Massachusetts cities and towns have yet adopted the Stretch Code, but those which have are indicated on the map and are enforcing its provisions with tenacity. Click here for a map showing those Massachusetts towns.
IMPORTANT: Click here for Wall Construction/Insulation Comparison New code requirement is R-20 wall cavity insulation as the National Energy Code has been adopted by the state of Massachusetts in all townships. Stretch Code townships, however, operate under a different set of design and testing standards, which require outside resources such as HERs raters be used by builders for all areas of energy compliance, thereby relieving the building department(s) of this portion of the building construction review & inspection.
Here are some stories that might interest you:
HIRI forecast cites growth for remodeling product sales - Remodeling contractor and consumer sales related to home improvement products are expected to get a much-needed bump for the next few years.
Bill introduced to extend home energy efficiency tax credit - A bill to extend the expired residential energy efficiency tax credit for installing qualified furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners, and heat pumps was recently filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Home Energy Savings Act would extend the value of the tax credit at 10% of the installed costs up to a maximum $500 per household for 2012 and 2013.
AZEK parent company reaches deal to acquire TimberTech - CPG International Inc. today announces the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire TimberTech, a subsidiary of the Crane Group and well-known manufacturer of high quality, low maintenance decking, railing and accessory products. CPG International is the parent company of AZEK Building Products, a leading manufacturer of premium, low-maintenance exterior products that includes decking, railing, porch boards, trim, mouldings and recycled composite pavers.
NAHB Releases 3rd Edition of Jobsite Safety Handbook - The NAHB has released a new guide which focuses how to deal with common jobsite hazards in order to comply with the new OSHA regulations. (PDF)
2011 ProSales Top 100 - National Lumber is #18 this year!
How to Make the Most of Social Media - National Lumber's Steve Linsky was recognized for his work in social media in the April 2012 issue of ProSales magazine in the article, "Social Studies."
Better Home Market Buoys Builders - From Builder Magazine: Public home builders come closer to profitability while reporting improved sales and orders
Is HERS Home Building's New Standard? - From Builder Magazine: Little used until just recently, the rating system is gaining traction as the building industry’s equivalent of mpg.