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55+ Housing Market Ends Fourth Quarter on Record High

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2017 with a reading of 71, up 12 points from the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the highest reading since the inception of the index in 2008.

“Builders and developers in the 55+ housing market are reporting strong demand across the country,” said Chuck Ellison, chairman of NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council and Vice President-Land of Miller & Smith in McLean, Va. “However, regulations in some parts of the country can make it challenging to meet the demand.”

There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic).

All three index components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted increases from the previous quarter: Present sales posted a record high, increasing 14 points to 79, while expected sales for the next six months jumped 10 points to 73 and traffic of prospective buyers rose seven points to 51.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI posted a gain of three points to 54. The index component for present sales increased four points to 59, expected sales for the next six months rose five points to 60 and traffic of prospective buyers remained even at 40.

Two of the four components of the 55+ multifamily rental market went up from the third quarter: present production increased three points to 62 and expected future production rose four points to 61, while present demand for existing units fell four points to 71 and future expected demand dropped nine points to 67.

“The strong performance of the 55+ HMI at the end of 2017 is consistent with recent increases in broader measures of the housing market, including the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “We expect continued growth in the market for new 55+ housing in 2018 due to favorable demographics, rising home owner wealth and the current tight supply of existing homes on the market.”

For the full 55+ HMI tables, please visit nahb.org/55hmi.




Weyerhaeuser Distribution Adds Allura Siding in Northeast

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

The fiber cement siding manufacturer to offer its full siding and trim line

Seattle, Wash., February 1, 2018 - Weyerhaeuser Distribution’s Easton, Pennsylvania facility will now offer Allura, a leading fiber cement siding manufacturer. The facility will service markets in the northeast including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware. The specially formulated, high performance fiber cement siding has a natural wood look and is easy to maintain and can stand up to weather conditions in all climates.

Allura’s lap siding comes in both smooth and traditional finishes, both have fire, bug, moisture, impact and fade resistant qualities. Smooth lap offers a smooth matte finish with the lowest gloss finish available while traditional lap showcases a realistic wood grain. Both finishes are available with a ready-to-paint option, or customers can choose from one of the ColorMax® solid colors and stain color solutions.

In addition, a full line of ColorMax and primed products lines will be available including planks, panels, shingles, soffits, trim, and shapes offering a complete one-stop-shop for ease of installation.

"We’re excited to add Allura to our wide range of building products in Easton – offering builders another way to differentiate their homes,” said David Helmers, vice president of Weyerhaeuser Distribution. “Coupled with Easton’s excellent customer service and quick delivery capabilities, we’re confident our customers will quickly adopt this high performing, affordable alternative siding for both new construction and remodeling.”

For more than 75 years, Allura has manufactured fiber cement exterior building products. With an industry-leading 50-year limited warranty and commitment to sustainability, Allura is a powerful addition to Weyerhaeuser’s distribution offering. Allura’s fiber cement siding products are manufactured in its three plants, North Carolina, Indiana and Oregon.

“We’re pleased to partner with Weyerhaeuser’s Easton-based distribution network and its loyal dealer base,” says Jessica L. Navascues, CEO, Allura. “The partnership expands our national reach and is an important step in the growth of Allura in the U.S. building products market.”

For more details on Allura fiber cement siding, visit www.AlluraUSA.com.
For more information on Weyerhaeuser Distribution, visit www.weyerhaeuser.com/distribution.

About Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. The company’s wood products business offers leading structural frame materials and OSB products, software, and technical support for residential, multi-family, and light commercial construction under the Weyerhaeuser and Trus Joist® brand names. Weyerhaeuser is also one of the largest building products distributors in the U.S., offering products through more than 300 suppliers. Weyerhaeuser manages its timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with interna[...]




2-Year Delay of WOTUS Rule a Much-Needed Step, NAHB Says

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) applauds today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency mandating a two-year delay of the Obama-era “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule.

“This delay gives the agency more time to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and replace the rule with new definitions that provide needed clarity and narrow federal authority,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom builder from La Place, La.

“This is a decision we have been waiting a long time for. In addition to sending comments and providing testimony, NAHB has met repeatedly with EPA leaders to explain the effects of these new definitions and how the overreach and resulting confusion affects not only property owners but the regulators themselves.”

“The 2015 WOTUS rule developed by the Obama administration will not be applicable for the next two years, while we work through the process of providing long-term regulatory certainty across all 50 states about what waters are subject to federal regulation,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a press statement.

In 2015, the Obama Administration issued a new definition of WOTUS to determine the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction. That definition – which would require builders and developers to obtain federal permits for activities in isolated ponds, dry streambeds and most ditches – was immediately met with litigation around the country.

“We want to keep our waterways clean, but we also need clarity so we can follow the rules,” Noel said.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




EIMA Announces New Board of Directors for 2018/2020

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Falls Church, Va., January 31, 2018 — The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) is pleased to announce the election of its new board of directors effective immediately. Peter Daechsel of BASF – Wall Systems has been elected by the EIMA Board of Directors as the EIMA President for the 2018/2020 term. Mr. Daechsel is a longtime member of EIMA who has served on various committees, and most recently, as the vice president on the board of directors.

In addition to Mr. Daechsel, the rest of the board positions are as follows:

Steve Kennedy, Vice President (Dow Construction Materials)
Greg Weidbusch, Secretary (Parex USA)
David Boivin, Treasurer (STO Corp)
Mike Murphy, Manufacturer Director (Dryvit Systems, Inc.)
Steve Smithwick, Manufacturer Director (Master Wall®, Inc.)
Dave Neff, Distributor Director (Manning Materials)
Sarah Aird, Contractor Director (Aird Incorporated)

Sarah Aird was elected to the EIMA Board of Directors last fall by EIMA membership. Her addition will give contractors an added voice and seat at the table for important industry decisions and activities.

The EIFS Industry Members Association, founded in 1981, is a national non-profit technical trade association comprised of leading manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and applicators involved in the EIFS industry. For additional information please visit www.EIMA.com.

SOURCE: EIMA.com




Statement from NAHB Chairman Randy Noel on President Trump's State of the Union Address

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a custom home builder from LaPlace, La., issued the following statement regarding President Trump's State of the Union address:

"President Trump said 'America is a nation of builders' and the nation's home builders wholeheartedly agree. The president knows that housing and homeownership are critical to a strong and prosperous nation. We commend him for working tirelessly to reduce unnecessary regulations that hurt small business owners and impede a more robust housing recovery. And we strongly support the president's call for more vocational schools to train young workers and prepare them for careers in the construction trades and other industries.

"Moreover, the landmark tax reform law championed by President Trump will keep housing and the economy moving forward and put more money into the pockets of middle class households. And that's good for housing. NAHB looks forward to working with the White House to continue to promote policies that will spur job and economic growth and promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans."

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Dean Schwanke Named NAHB Vice President for Multifamily Housing

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today announced the appointment of Dean Schwanke to the position of Vice President, Multifamily Housing.

Schwanke will bring his broad research, economic analysis, communications, program planning and management experience to the department, which serves NAHB member developers, builders and finance partners building condominiums and apartments.

“We’re very pleased to have Dean aboard,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “His long experience in the industry will help our members as they face the challenges of land acquisition, financing and design as well as the growing barriers to building affordable and workforce housing.”

Schwanke has spent a large portion of his career at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in areas vital to the success of multifamily and mixed-use development. He served as senior vice president at the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate, and later as senior vice president for case studies and publications. After leaving ULI, he worked as a consultant on real estate and urban development issues.

His knowledge in areas of policy, development trends and analysis, program development, publications and awards will be welcome resources to the members of the NAHB Multifamily Council and its Housing Credit Group: industry professionals working to provide rental housing using the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




New Home Sales Rise 8.3 Percent Overall in 2017

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 9.3 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite this monthly decline, new home sales rose 8.3 percent overall in 2017 to 608,000 units.

“The number of consumers planning to buy a new home in the near future is trending upward,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “Inventory remains low, but its growth in 2017 is an encouraging sign. Our members are also telling us that market conditions continue to improve.”

“Some moderation in sales was expected this month after a strong November reading,” said NAHB Senior Economist Michael Neal. “With ongoing job creation and rising home equity, we should see housing demand continue to grow in the months ahead.”

The inventory of new home sales for sale was 295,000 in December, which is a 5.7-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $335,400.

Regionally, new home sales decreased 2.4 percent in the Northeast, 9.5 percent in the West, 9.8 percent in the South and 10 percent in the Midwest.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




EIMA Announces Growing Membership and the Addition of Master Wall®, Inc.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Falls Church, Va., January 24, 2018 — The EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) is pleased to announce the achievement of several exciting membership milestones. After the premier firm Arquitectonica was announced as EIMA’s 500th member in late 2017, 2018 quickly started with the addition to the membership rolls of Master Wall®, Inc., the major manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).

“The 500th member milestone was a great way to cap off 2017, which also represented the largest membership increase since 2013-2014” said Mike Murphy, the 2016/2018 president of EIMA and president of Dryvit Systems, Inc. “These increases were thanks in large part to the growing interest in EIFS by architects and contractors who want to join in advancing this amazing exterior wall cladding.”

“If it was possible to outdo 2017, Master Wall®, Inc. quickly kicked 2018 into high gear with its EIMA membership. With membership continuing to grow, Master Wall’s® addition reflects the renewed commitment to EIFS that is taking place across the EIFS industry by most of its participants” said Dave Johnston, EIMA’s executive director. “Master Wall®, Inc. saw the importance of joining others in EIMA to advance EIFS, and its membership will certainly contribute to growing the EIFS industry and its markets.”

Master Wall®, Inc. represents one of the leading EIFS manufacturers in the United States, and the fifth manufacturer belonging to EIMA. Their membership strengthens the industry, while also adding more like-minded professionals to the existing associations committees and initiatives.

Founded in 1987, Master Wall®, Inc. manufactures quality EIFS, stucco, and other coatings for residential and commercial projects, across the United States. With 5 offices and plants across the country, the corporate headquarters for Master Wall® are located in Midland, Georgia.

The EIFS Industry Members Association, founded in 1981, is a national non-profit technical trade association comprised of leading manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and applicators involved in the EIFS industry. For additional information please visit www.EIMA.com.

SOURCE: EIMA.com




Christy Beck to Serve as 2018 NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council Chair

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Seasoned new home sales professional Christy N. Beck, MIRM, CSP, Broker, of Raleigh, N.C. was installed as the 2018 chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month. As chair, Beck represents the nearly 5,000 members of NSMC who are dedicated to selling and marketing new homes.

“I’m focused on helping our members set and achieve goals that allow them to be successful in their fields,” said Beck, director of sales for the North Carolina division of Caruso Homes. “NSMC has a wealth of resources, and I look forward to helping members access these tools to build their careers.”

Beck’s past volunteer experience for NAHB includes serving as the 2015 chair of the IRM Board of Governors and as a member of the NAHB Education committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County.

NAHB recognized Beck with the Bill Molster Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to NAHB, NSMC and the Institute of Residential Marketing. For her commitment to new home sales and marketing education, she was recognized as NAHB’s 2017 Sales and Marketing Designee of the Year. Beck was named NAHB’s Sales Manager of the Year in 2012.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




LMC Dealers Learn at Nation’s Best Executive Education Program

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The room was abuzz with inspiration and ideas as over 40 dealers from 22 states came together for their final day at the LMC Executive Education Program. The program was held in Philadelphia, PA January 14 – 19, 2018 at the renowned Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“The partnership with Wharton and the ability to offer this kind of program, not seen elsewhere in the industry, is part of the reason LMC dealers stand out,” said LMC president John Somerville. “Since its inception in 2015, there has been high demand to be in attendance for this unique executive education experience.”

Recently, US News and The Financial Times named Wharton the best executive education program in the country, a feeling which was shared by the participants.

“All the professors, everybody was wonderful,” said Mike Heim, Inside Sales Manager of Tague Lumber in Media, PA. “[The program] gave us an opportunity to step outside our companies and hear other people’s points of view. You absolutely need to do it.”

The exclusive event has been described as a ‘first class experience,’ a rare opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance of Wharton professors—renowned in the field of business.  For participants in this years’ program, a new case study was offered around the topic of driving growth.

“The program has been eye opening,” explained Leanne Hallam, Office Manager of Killingly Building Products in Providence, RI. “It has really enveloped a lot of skills in just a few short days.”

This year, an entirely new curriculum was offered at the program, which led to two previous attendees coming back to learn more. Cory Jameson, CEO of Guy C Lee in Smithfield, NC, was one of the attendees who came back to attend the Wharton program offered by LMC for a second time.

“It’s a whole other experience being here for a second time,” Jameson said. “It reinforces what you learned the first time and it really makes you appreciate the people that are in this room.” He added that if a company has invested in an attendee by sending them to the LMC Wharton program it is very powerful for their future.

About LMC: LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation) is the leading Forest Products and Building Materials Buying Group in the USA owned by independent lumber and building material dealers. There are over 1,400 LMC dealer locations in the United States and the Bahamas. "Building Business Together" is LMC’s philosophy, rooted in a history of working together and standing the test of time since 1935. LMC dealers are united in their purchasing, creating a strong foundation that supports the growth of unique supplier relationships and purchasing opportunities. To learn more about LMC, visit www.lmc.net

SOURCE: LMC.net




NAHB Launches New Campaign to Raise Safety Awareness Among Home Builders, Remodelers

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) launched Safety 365, a new member and public awareness campaign designed to ensure that building industry professionals have the information and resources to help keep construction workers safe and help minimize accidents, injuries and deaths. The initiative is designed to make construction safety a priority, every day, 365 days a year.

“Our members realize the importance of jobsite safety because we know that our employees have families to return home to. We want to keep these workers safe from accidents and injuries,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a home builder and developer from La Place, La. “Safety 365 is an important initiative that will keep these efforts at the forefront of our industry.”

The campaign is a joint effort of the NAHB Construction Safety Committee and Builders Mutual Insurance Co., which has supported NAHB’s workplace safety efforts since it worked with the association in 2006 to launch the SAFE awards, NAHB’s popular annual program honoring workplace safety efforts and highlighting innovative products and solutions.

Through posts on NAHBNow, the association’s blog; newsletter stories; tweets and other efforts, the Safety 365 campaign will highlight a different aspect of construction workplace safety each month and also promote safety off the job, including materials to help keep home owners safe when they’re working on DIY projects.

“Builders Mutual is thrilled to be a part of such a critical initiative that looks to protect the health and well-being of the employees that build the American dream each and every day,” said Mike Gerber, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Builders Mutual Insurance Co. “If the building industry continues to work together to raise the awareness of safety on the job-site, then home builders and their employees are better positioned for long-term success.”

The campaign will align with NAHB’s vast array of educational resources, safety training materials, and news updates to help educate employers and workers on the various safety and health hazards the industry faces on the jobsite, and to better understand and comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




NAHB Associates Committee Honors Dedicated Members, Supporters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Four longtime members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have been honored for their professionalism, political engagement, volunteer activities, service to the industry and support of NAHB Associate members. They were recognized during the 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show? held last week in Orlando, Fla.

Presented by the NAHB Associate Members Committee, the Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award went to William K. Doelker, owner of Key Homes LLC in Buckner, Ky. The BEAM award is given to a builder member who values doing business with NAHB Associates: the trade partners, suppliers and service providers who are also members of the NAHB federation.

Considering his subcontractors to be part as his own team, Doelker calls on Associate members for 100 percent of his subcontracted work because it shows that as NAHB members, they care about contributing to the housing industry and like him, strive for outstanding quality and customer service.

The committee honored Kim Hefner-Hines of H & H Design Consultants in Wentworth, S.D., as the Bill Polley Advocate of the Year for her support of NAHB's political action committee, BUILD-PAC. Winners are recognized for their energy, enthusiasm and ability to recruit contributors to support BUILD-PAC.

Hefner-Hines has been integral to the success of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire's BUILD-PAC Gold Key dinner fundraiser. Since she led the creation of the event, the number of local association contributors at the Gold Key level or above has increased from fewer than five to 38. With Hefner-Hines' help, South Dakota has increased its BUILD-PAC contributions by over $63,000 from 2013-2014 levels.

The committee also recognized Michael G. Farr of Cascade Manufacturing Co. in Cascade, Iowa, with the Associates Chairman's Award. This is given to an Associate member who has demonstrated teamwork and willingness to help the committee with its initiatives.

Farr is an NAHB Life Director and has served on its board for 15 years. He is Associate national director for the Home Builders Association of Iowa and second vice-president of the Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association. He has chaired numerous state and local committees in his more than 20 years as an Associate member.

New for 2017, the Associates One to Watch award recognizes a young Associate member who propels his or her career forward; advances in local, state and national NAHB associations; advocates for the home building industry; engages with peers and demonstrate active community involvement. This year's award goes to Rich Robinson, vice president of the Member Rebate Program in Manasquan, N.J.

A 15-year member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey, Robinson worked with his father in 2002 to start the Member Rebate Program to help home builders receive rebates through their association membership. The company has grown to become a member benefit in local and state associations across 40 states.

Finally, the committee has also named Hefner-Hines as NAHB's Associate of the Year. This award recognizes Associate members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the home building industry on the local, state and national level.

In addition to her exemplary service to BUILD-PAC, Hefner-Hines has been a national leader, serving as Associates Committee chair in 2014, leadership and recognition chair, strategic planning chair and now as BUILD-PAC vice-chair. She also served o[...]




Remodeling Market Indicators Hit High in Fourth Quarter

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 60 in the fourth quarter of 2017, up three points from the previous quarter and only the second time since 2001 the reading has reached 60. For 19 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.

“A booming stock market and low unemployment continue to fuel consumers’ investment in their homes,” said NAHB Remodelers Chair Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “Natural disaster-related repairs also caused strong demand for maintenance and repair projects.”

Current market conditions increased four points from the third quarter of 2017 to 60. Among its three major components, major additions and alterations jumped seven points to 60, minor additions and alterations increased three points to 59, and the home maintenance and repair component rose three points to 61.

The future market indicators index rose one point from the previous quarter to 59. Calls for bids decreased two points to 56, amount of work committed for the next three months rose two points to 58, the backlog of remodeling jobs gained a significant six points to 66 and appointments for proposals fell two points to 57.

“At a high of 60, the RMI is consistent with the strong growth in home improvement spending in 2017,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “However, the surge in the backlog of remodeling jobs likely reflects supply-side challenges remodelers are facing in the form of skilled labor shortages and rising material prices.”

For the full RMI tables, please visit www.nahb.org/rmi. For more information about remodeling, visit www.nahb.org/remodel.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Single-Family Sector Boosts Housing Production in 2017, More Gains Expected this Year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Nationwide housing starts fell 8.2 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units after an upwardly revised November reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

The December numbers show a return to trend after an especially strong November report, but overall 2017 saw significant gains in housing production. Starts rose 2.4 percent last year, pushed up by an 8.5 percent jump in the single-family sector. Multifamily starts dropped 9.8 percent.

Looking at the December 2017 report, single-family starts fell 11.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 units. However, the three-month moving average for single-family production reached a post-recession high. Meanwhile, multifamily starts ticked up 1.4 percent to 356,000 units.

“There is a pro-business sentiment in Washington right now, and our builders hope to continue receiving relief from overly burdensome regulations,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “This political climate is boosting their optimism in the housing market.”

“A return to normal levels of housing production this month is expected after a very strong fall season,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “We saw a surge of housing activity in the South after hurricane-related delays, and now that region is returning to its positive growth trend.”

NAHB is forecasting continued growth in housing production this year, led by ongoing single-family gains. Total housing starts are expected to grow 2.7 percent to 1.25 million units. Single-family production should increase 5 percent to 893,000 units while the multifamily sector is expected to edge 1.6 percent lower this year to 354,000.

Regionally in December, combined single- and multifamily housing production fell 0.9 percent in the West, 2.2 percent in the Midwest, 4.3 percent in the Northeast and 14.2 percent in the South.

Overall permit issuance in December was essentially flat, inching down 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.302 million units. Single-family permits rose 1.8 percent to 881,000 units while multifamily permits fell 3.9 percent to 421,000.

Permits rose 43 percent in the Northeast, 8.7 percent in the Midwest and 1.7 percent in the West. Permits declined 11.1 percent in the South, led by a drop on the multifamily front.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Builder Confidence Remains Strong as New Year Starts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes dropped two points to a level of 72 in January on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after reaching an 18-year high in December 2017.

“Builders are confident that changes to the tax code will promote the small business sector and boost broader economic growth,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La. “Our members are excited about the year ahead, even as they continue to face building material price increases and shortages of labor and lots.”

“The HMI gauge of future sales expectations has remained in the 70s, a sign that housing demand should continue to grow in 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As the overall economy strengthens, owner-occupied household formation increases and the supply of existing home inventory tightens, we can expect the single-family housing market to make further gains this year.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

The three HMI components registered relatively minor losses in January. The index gauging current sales conditions dropped one point to 79, the component charting sales expectations in the next six months fell a single point to 78, and the index measuring buyer traffic fell four points to 54.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the West rose two points to 81, the South increased one point to 73, the Midwest inched up a single point to 70 and Northeast climbed five points to 59.

Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Michigan Remodeler Joanne Theunissen Installed as 2018 NAHB Remodelers Chair

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Remodeler Joanne Theunissen, CGP, CGR, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was installed as the 2018 chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers last week during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. As chair of NAHB Remodelers, Theunissen represents over 53,000 members of NAHB who are involved in the remodeling industry.

“The predicted continued growth in the remodeling sector yields many opportunities for remodelers,” said Theunissen, owner of Howling Hammer Builders Inc. “I look forward to representing remodelers’ interests on issues such as labor shortages and building material price increases, while doing my best to help their businesses thrive.”

Theunissen has over 17 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is a past president and current board member of the Home Builders Association of Central Michigan and was previously the Michigan state representative to NAHB. She has served as an NAHB national area chair and chair of the Design, Professional Women in Building, 55+ Housing Industry and National Sales and Marketing committees/councils. Theunissen was named the NAHB Professional Women in Building Woman of the Year in 2012.

Theunissen is a certified Building Analyst through the Building Performance Institute and a Certified Construction Mediator through the Construction Mediation/Arbitration Institute. She is also an active member of the National Association of Professional Women and Women Construction Owners & Executives.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Home in Texas Hill Country Named Home of the Year in National Design Competition

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Augusta, a 3,600-square-foot custom home with dramatic golf course views in Boerne, Texas, was named Home of the Year today in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Augusta’s balance of stone, wood, and metal opened up with floor-to-ceiling glass creates an elegant modern residence that recalls historical Texas homes from the 1800s.

Its main design feature is the living room, transparent from front to back through floor to ceiling glass that is framed in rich wood and metal. Limestone side walls extend beyond the glass, further connecting the inside to the outdoors. A weathered steel guardrail along the cantilevered deck outside the living room creates privacy for the interior spaces while preserving the sweeping view of the golf course.

Beyond the dramatic living room, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is designed to provide owners and guests their own zones of living. A guest house allows additional visitors to find their own place of privacy.

BALA judges praised the extensive use of glass and noted how the stone on walls and floor tie the design together, saying it feels like you’re living outside in every space.

“Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home,” said Tom Kopf, NAHB’s 2017 Judging Chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee Chair. “The BALA program celebrates the designers and builders as ‘the best of the best.’ ”

The house was designed by Craig McMahon Architects, Inc. and built by Johnny Canavan Custom Homes, both based in San Antonio.

In its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Arizona Master Bath Receives ‘Room of the Year’ Honors in National Design Competition

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

“Beautiful Necessities,” the master suite bathroom in an Oro Valley, Ariz., single-family home, was named the Room of the Year today in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Combining clean lines and creative details, architect/designer Soloway Designs and interior designer Lori Carroll & Associates achieved the client’s vision of innovative, distinctive styling in a calm, comfortable room.

The space is bathed in natural light, with an expansive window overlooking the rugged desert landscape. Materials that define modern design—glass, tile and wood—establish a clean simplicity that, paired with luxurious amenities, create an inviting, soothing retreat.

At the same time, the suspended mirror—which serves as a room partition—joystick faucets, and distinctive custom-built vanities give the room a distinctive flair.

BALA judges commended the layering of textures in the room, and appreciated the thoughtful, innovative touches that make the room funky and fun.

“Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home,” said Tom Kopf, NAHB’s 2017 Judging Chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee Chair. “The BALA program celebrates the designers and builders as ‘the best of the best.’ ”

In its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Best in American Living Awards™ Program Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The Best in American Living Awards™ (BALA) program inducted its sixth class into the BALA Hall of Fame during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando. The Hall of Fame awards recognize innovative, well-respected individuals and companies in the building industry who have significantly affected residential design and construction.

The 2017 BALA Hall of Fame class includes:

Lita Dirks. Dirks, owner of Lita Dirks & Co. in Greenwood Village, Colo., is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader in model-home interior design and merchandising. She regularly judges national and regional interior design competitions, conducts lectures and seminars, and authors articles for national publications. She was honored with the NAHB Institute of Residential Marketing’s Presidential Award two years in a row and was the 1993 recipient of the Bill Molster Award for lifetime achievement in service to the association’s National Sales and Marketing Council. Dirks was selected for the Hall of Fame due to her long-time contributions to the industry. She is a leader in not only defining trends but also in innovation, particularly as it relates to 55+ housing and design.

Jerry Gloss. A senior and founding partner at KGA Studio Architects PC in Louisville, Colo., a residential architectural studio, Gloss’s leadership has created a legacy of excellence in residential design. His portfolio of work has garnered a long list of awards and recognitions during the firm’s 40-year history. He is recognized nationally as a housing industry speaker on market-driven design, builder/architect relationships and the design-build process. Gloss has a long history of success with BALA, and his peers site him as having contributed greatly to the success and prestige of the program.

Habitat for Humanity. Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit, working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the United States and more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a helping hand partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA Hall of Fame inductees can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Best in American Living™ Awards Shine a Spotlight on Top Design Trends for 2017 and Beyond

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

A remarkable 129 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at the 2017 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) ceremony held during the 2018 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Judges awarded eight Best in Region, five Of the Year and two Judges’ Discretionary awards. In addition, one Game Changer award was given as well as one “Wow!” award, a special award given to a project with a one-of-a-kind design detail. These projects represent the nation’s best in home and community design, interior design and remodeling.

BALA winners showcase top design trends that home buyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years. Overall, homes showcased blurred lines between commercial and residential materials and between single-family and multifamily details. There is also a shift towards more modern architecture but with understandable forms, like roof peaks and row homes with traditional scaling. This year featured many more trends, among them:

Clean details. Winners favored clean and simple lines and detailing over their ornate counterparts, making homes feel fresh and uncluttered.

Open but defined floor plans. By changing materials, adding columns or changing ceiling heights, open floor plans have evolved to include added definition. This creates more function and order for homeowners who, in the past, may have struggled to best organize and use vast, open spaces.

Metal and wood exterior details. Particularly on single-family homes, winners showed an increased usage of metal and wood, often combining the two materials to create interesting two-tone facades on both traditional and contemporary-style homes.

More developed regional styles. In both single-family and multifamily projects, strong regional styles have emerged. For example, in Michigan, expect to see familiar peaked roof, layered facades and sturdy columns.

Restored and repurposed. Historic preservation and restoration as well as adaptive reuse projects are increasingly popular with multifamily designers and developers. Adaptive reuse projects can be particularly chic and sought-after by millennials.

Whites, grays and charcoal paints. Gray is still trending with homebuyers, and white is in it for the long haul. There is also an increase in monochromatic designs that incorporate multiple textures. For example, a white kitchen with quartzite countertops, a white shiplap ceiling, white cabinets and airy white window coverings creates a clean and multi-layer look that is guaranteed to compliment itself.

Right-sized kitchens. Double islands are appearing infrequently, and single-islands are designed to be smaller and proportionally sized with the kitchen and adjoining rooms.

Spa-like baths. Bath design is trending towards refinement and sophistication, creating an atmosphere that is reminiscent of hotel baths. Tasteful and luxurious are the two words that will define baths in 2018. Also look for floating (wall-hung) vanities and stand-alone tubs.




California Apartment Building Named Community of the Year in National Design Competition

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Malden Station, an apartment building next to a Metrolink train station and Fullerton, California’s SOCO cultural district, was named the Multifamily Community of the Year in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The project design mirrors and contributes to the young, edgy and artistic culture of Fullerton. Built on the site of a former citrus packing house dating from Orange County’s agricultural era, Malden Station backs onto the former Santa Fe Railway tracks and the newer Metrolink passenger rail station.

The building’s exterior evokes the evolution of the city in three materials: the red brick of its industrial past, siding for its trendy present, and acrylic paneling for its lively future. Large murals facing the railway pay homage to the city’s history. Lounge chairs on rails and ornamental box cars on tracks take up the railway theme.

The adjacent Metrolink station, the nearby SOCO District with its array of restaurants, entertainment venues and bicycle shop, and the building’s onsite amenities, including a clubroom, pool, spa, gym, lounge and shops, encourage a lifestyle less dependent on the automobile.

“Malden Station has a nice street presence and fun elements that give it character,” said Tom Kopf, NAHB 2017 Judging chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards subcommittee chair. “The project has had an outstanding impact on the community.”

The project was designed by Architects Orange of Orange, Calif., interior designer Hibner Design Group of Irvine, Calif., and landscape architect Sitescapes Landscape Architecture of Costa Mesa, Calif. It was built by CW Driver of Pasadena, Calif., and developed by Pinnacle Living of Irvine.

In its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Connecticut Builder Elected First Vice Chairman of NAHB

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut-based builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2018 first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co., Inc., one of the largest home builders in the state. Since its founding in 1962, T&M has built more than 3,500 new homes in over 40 Connecticut communities. He is also the founder and owner of GFU Investments LLC, a builder/developer minority-owned business that focuses on urban development.

“Our focus this year is to ensure that housing and homeownership remain a national priority,” said Ugalde. “NAHB will work with Congress to advance comprehensive housing finance reform and reduce burdensome regulations in order to put families in homes, create jobs and move the economy forward.”

Ugalde has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for 15 years and has been a member of the NAHB Executive Board for the past decade.

He has also served on eight NAHB committees, was a member of several NAHB task force groups, served as the vice chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee and was chairman of Build-PAC and three other committees. From 2006-2010, he served as the NAHB State Representative from Connecticut. He was the Moderator of the State Representatives in 2010 and in 2011 and 2012 he was elected as the National Area Chairman for his region.

From 2003-2005, Ugalde was the president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBRA), was named local and state 2000 Builder of the Year, has served on the HBRA board since 1999 and been a member of its executive committee since 2000. He is a three-time recipient of the HBRA Distinguished Service Awards, and served as chairman of the Connecticut Developers Council from 1997-2004. Ugalde received the state home building industry’s highest honor, the Charles J. LoDolce Award, in 2011.

An effective advocate and spokesperson on a broad range of housing issues, Ugalde has served on the HOMEConnecticut Steering Committee, the National Land Use Attorneys Network, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing and the Town of Burlington’s IWWC and Parks & Recreation Commission. In 1998 he received the Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award.

Community involvement is important to Ugalde. He has served as president of the Avon-Canton-Farmington Youth Hockey Association. A certified coach in hockey and little league, he has coached more than 20 teams. He served on the Westminster School Board of Trustees and is an accomplished member of the American, Connecticut and Massachusetts bar associations.

Ugalde resides in Burlington with his wife, Mary-Jane, and their four children.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-leadership ladder. Ugalde will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2019.

SOURCE: New Jersey Builder Elected as Second Vice Chairman of NAHB

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Dean Mon, a New Jersey-based builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2018 second vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Mon is president of the D.R. Mon Group, Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of classic urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities throughout Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth Counties.

“We expect total housing starts and new home sales to rise in 2018 and will work with policymakers to bolster the ongoing recovery,” said Mon. “Specifically, NAHB will be calling on the White House and Congress to preserve financial stability by maintaining an appropriate level of federal support for the U.S. housing finance system. We will also work with lawmakers to ensure that homeownership remains attainable and that safe, decent and affordable housing remains an enduring national priority.”

Mon has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director with more than 20 years of service, Mon has chaired several influential NAHB committees, including the Federal Government Affairs Committee, the Construction Safety & Health Committee, and the Single Family Production Builders Committee. He also served three terms as the NAHB National Area 2 chairman and is a member of the NAHB Executive Board.

Actively involved in the New Jersey building industry, Mon has served as director, executive board member and president of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). As the 1996 president of the NJBA, Mon led the charge to amend the state’s Uniform Construction Code Act to require that all codes must be necessary, practical and cost-effective. This review resulted in an annual savings of approximately $4,000 per home. He was inducted into the NJBA Hall of Fame in 1996 and named the NJBA Builder of the Year in 1998. In 2000, he received the NJBA Affordable Housing Award.

Mon has held every leadership position from committee chair to president at his local association, the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey.

A New Jersey resident since 1964, Mon attended Newark College of Engineering where he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Mon served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of sergeant, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-leadership ladder. Mon will become chairman of the NAHB Board of Directors in 2020.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




New Jersey Builder Elected as Second Vice Chairman of NAHB

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Dean Mon, a New Jersey-based builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2018 second vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Mon is president of the D.R. Mon Group, Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of classic urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities throughout Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth Counties.

“We expect total housing starts and new home sales to rise in 2018 and will work with policymakers to bolster the ongoing recovery,” said Mon. “Specifically, NAHB will be calling on the White House and Congress to preserve financial stability by maintaining an appropriate level of federal support for the U.S. housing finance system. We will also work with lawmakers to ensure that homeownership remains attainable and that safe, decent and affordable housing remains an enduring national priority.”

Mon has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director with more than 20 years of service, Mon has chaired several influential NAHB committees, including the Federal Government Affairs Committee, the Construction Safety & Health Committee, and the Single Family Production Builders Committee. He also served three terms as the NAHB National Area 2 chairman and is a member of the NAHB Executive Board.

Actively involved in the New Jersey building industry, Mon has served as director, executive board member and president of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA). As the 1996 president of the NJBA, Mon led the charge to amend the state’s Uniform Construction Code Act to require that all codes must be necessary, practical and cost-effective. This review resulted in an annual savings of approximately $4,000 per home. He was inducted into the NJBA Hall of Fame in 1996 and named the NJBA Builder of the Year in 1998. In 2000, he received the NJBA Affordable Housing Award.

Mon has held every leadership position from committee chair to president at his local association, the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey.

A New Jersey resident since 1964, Mon attended Newark College of Engineering where he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Mon served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of sergeant, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-leadership ladder. Mon will become chairman of the NAHB Board of Directors in 2020.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




San Francisco Home Renovation Named ‘Remodel of the Year’ in National Design Competition

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

The four-story Glen Park Residence in San Francisco, renovated to showcase remarkable Bay Area views while providing comfortable everyday living, was named the Remodel of the Year in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Designer CSS Architecture and builder MT Development Inc. teamed up to create a remodel that would capture views, bring in daylight, and establish a sense of calm through simplicity and open space.

Large windows and minimalist white walls draw the eye to the views, which become more and more amazing as one moves up through the four floors of the house. On the top floor is the main living space, with views of the city and beyond from the living room one way and views of the terraced yard from the kitchen the other.

The charcoal gray charred Cypress exterior sets the structure apart from its neighbors. A pop of color from red recessed entryway accentuates the distinctiveness.

Landscape architect/designer SCULPT Gardens, Inc., designed each level of the terraced yard with a unique function. One level sports an outdoor kitchen and fire pit, another has a hot tub and the next a lawn.

BALA judges commended the renovation’s sculpted interior with its clean surfaces and strong sight lines. They applauded the use of glass to reveal views and the innovative exterior with its attention grabbing red portal.

“Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home,” said Tom Kopf, NAHB 2017 Judging chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards Subcommittee chair. “The BALA program celebrates the designers and builders as ‘the best of the best.’ ”

In its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Walkable Raleigh Neighborhood Named Community of the Year in National Design Competition

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Oakdale at Mordecai, a neighborhood of new single-family homes in a revitalized area of Raleigh, N.C., was named the Community of the Year in the 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Nestled between two historic districts near downtown, Oakdale’s architecture was designed to fit the aesthetic of the surrounding area while also including popular modern features. Architect/designer Scott Gardner Architect, PLLC, and builder Robuck Homes Triangle LLC created eight different house plans that include large open kitchens, generous storage and rear garages. The community offers 30 exterior designs and many interior finishes.

Streetlights, sidewalks and welcoming streetscapes invite residents to head out on foot to enjoy the neighborhood and the city. It’s a short walk from Oakdale to the revitalized Person Street Business District, which USA Today called one of the country’s Top 10 "up and coming" neighborhoods in 2014.

“Oakdale feels like a community,” said Tom Kopf, NAHB 2017 judging chair and 2017 Best in American Living Awards subcommittee chair. “It looks like it’s been there forever, has lots of charm and makes you see yourself walking its sidewalks.”

In other words, Oakdale is the perfect fit for the BALA Community of the Year award. “Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home. The BALA program celebrates the designers and builders as ‘the best of the best’,” he said.

In its 34th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international. Award winners were announced at the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Additional information about the 2017 BALA winners, including photographs of the projects, can be found at bestinamericanliving.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Keystone Hardscapes® by PaveStone Unveils New CityStone™ Product Designs

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Additions Strengthen Design Versatility in Pedestrian and Vehicular Applications

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2018)Pavestone®, a Keystone Hardscapes® producer and leading manufacturer of segmental concrete products for the residential, commercial, institutional, retail and government markets, is expanding its popular CityStone™ series with four new products. Part of the Keystone Hardscapes® paver portfolio, CityStone™ will be showcased at International Builders’ Show (IBS) in booth W3171 at the Orange County Convention Center from Jan. 9-11, 2018.

Joint patterns are what give CityStone™ pavements their recognizable surface texture and classic appeal. The CityStone™ additions are proven on projects including patios, sidewalks, residential driveways and parking spaces. Modulating with the comprehensive line of CityStone™ pavers, the new additions can be used in a variety of size and shape combinations to create timeless designs with enduring beauty and durability.

New CityStone™ Products

  • CityStone™ Demi 6cm –An artful combination of equal quantities of 4” x 8”, 8” x 8” and 8” x 12” units. Designed for light vehicular applications in fast-installing repeating runner or ashlar patterns.
  • CityStone™ XL Supra 6cm – Combines equal quantities of 8” x 16”, 16” x 16” and 16” x 24” units with stunning results. Designed for pedestrian applications in fast-installing repeating runner or ashlar patterns. Combine with
  • CityStone™ Demi to form an industry-leading six-piece system that delivers luxurious scale and a fast installation.
  • CityStone™ XL 12” x 24” 6cm – Large format paver designed for pedestrian applications adds an element of sophistication to any project with stacked, runner, basketweave and herringbone installation patterns.
  • CityStone™ XL 24” x 24” 6cm – Striking large format paver designed for pedestrian applications in traditional stacked and runner patterns.

More information on the CityStone™ series and other Keystone Hardscapes® products by Pavestone® is available at www.keystonehardscapes.com.

Pavestone®
Founded in 1980, Pavestone® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete pavers, retaining walls, clay brick pavers and permeable pavers. With manufacturing facilities across the country, Pavestone® serves the residential, commercial, institutional, retail and government markets. Part of Keystone Hardscapes®, The QUIKRETE® Companies’ professional hardscapes division, Pavestone® fulfills its brand promise for “Creating Beautiful Landscapes&[...]




Kleer Introduces Corner Trim With Integrated Nailing Flange

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Nailing flange enhances the look of siding installation while saving installation time.

WIXOM, MICH. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Kleer Lumber, an industry leader in cellular PVC trim, is adding an outside corner to its lineup of trim components with an integrated nailing flange. The system, which includes a flat trimboard, a J-channel brick, and the new corners, saves installation hassles and ensures a clean, streamlined appearance. Each integrated nailing flange forms a 3/4-inch pocket to conceal end cuts, ideal for enhancing and finishing the look of vinyl siding and other panelized polymer systems, such as shake, shingle, and stone.

Made with expanded cellular PVC, the trim components offer the look of wood without the associated maintenance, and they will not splinter, rot, delaminate, or swell.

“Our trim components with integrated nailing flange help installers create a more refined, finished appearance for their façades, in a format that is simple and straightforward to install,” said Matt Michalski, Product Manager for Kleer Lumber. “They’re the ideal complement to a range of siding materials, while offering an authentic look and the promise of minimal maintenance and long-term durability.”

Outside corners with integrated nailing flange come in two sizes: 3-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches by 20 feet and 5-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches by 20 feet. Flat styles measure 1-1/8 inches by 3-1/2 inches by 16 feet, and the J-channel brick is 1-1/4 inches by 3 inches by 17 feet.

Kleer trimboards cut and fasten with standard tools, and they can be installed in direct contact with the ground, masonry, and other potentially wet surfaces.

For more information, visit www.kleerlumber.com.

About Boral
Kleer Lumber is a product of The Tapco Group, recently acquired by Boral Industries. Boral Industries is owned by Boral Limited, an international building and construction materials company headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Boral North America has a national fly ash processing and distribution business and manufactures stone veneer, concrete and clay roof tiles, concrete block, light building products and windows. Boral North America also has a construction materials business in Denver and has a 50% share of the Meridian Brick joint venture.




Tremron Puts New Face on Wall Systems with Visage®

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Unique Manufacturing Process Gives Flexibility to Project Designs

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 9 2018)Tremron, a leading manufacturer of hardscape products for the residential, commercial, institutional, retail and government markets in the Southeast, is showcasing its versatile Visage® two-piece wall system at the International Builders’ Show (IBS). A Keystone Hardscapes® design, Visage® will be on display along with other Tremron concrete wall and paver products at IBS in booth W3171 at the Orange County Convention Center from Jan. 9-11, 2018.

Manufactured through a proprietary process that can deliver up to five finished faces per unit, Visage® provides unmatched functional and aesthetic flexibility to meet the project demands of any market. The customizable nature of Visage® from Tremron is grounded in the ability to execute contemporary looking projects by mixing-and-matching the appropriate pieces based on length, shape and texture. In addition, Visage® requires minimal cutting and uses the proven Keystone Hardscape® pin connection system for ease of installation. The combination of these factors make Visage® ideal for a variety of one- and two-sided projects including planters, columns, fire pits, retaining walls, free standing walls and columns.

Visage® Components

  • Unit 1 – 6” high by 16” or 12” wide by 8” deep with two finished sides
  • Corner – 6” high by 16” or 14” wide by 8” deep with three finished sides
  • Cap – 3” high by 8” wide by 10” deep with two finished sides

Visage® is currently available in the Southeast through Tremron, but is being customized by market for geographic expansion through Keystone Hardscapes® commercial distribution channel. More information on Visage® other Keystone Hardscapes® products by Tremron is available at www.keystonehardscapes.com.

Tremron
Founded in 1992, Tremron is a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete pavers, remodel pavers, retaining walls, fire pits, clay brick pavers and permeable pavers in the Southeast. With six manufacturing plants and four design centers, Tremron serves the residential, commercial, institutional, retail and government markets across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Part of Keystone Hardscapes®, The QUIKRETE® Companies’ professional hardscapes division, Tremron is committed to exceeding customer expectations through unmatched product innovation, design, performance, selection and service. For more information about Tremron, visit Maze Celebrates 170 Years in Business!

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

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W. H. Maze Company in Peru, IL. is celebrating its 170th year of doing business as a nail manufacturer and retail lumberyard. In operation since 1848, Maze Company continues to be the largest manufacturer of specialty nails supplying U.S. and Canadian customers many millions of pounds of nails annually. The 5th and 6th generations of the founder, Samuel Maze, work at the manufacturing facility so there is a lot of heritage, tradition and pride in the company. All Maze Nails are 100% Made in the USA in Peru, Illinois. The Maze lumber operation is still thriving too – and is the oldest lumberyard in the state of Illinois.

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NAHB Applauds Signing of Tax Bill into Law

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law:

“NAHB commends President Trump and members of Congress for their hard work and dedication in crafting this once-in-a-generation overhaul of the nation’s tax code. Providing tax relief for hard-working families and creating a more favorable tax climate for small business will make the economy more vibrant and competitive. In turn, this will boost the housing sector, which represents roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Housing not only equals jobs, but jobs mean more demand for housing.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




New Home Sales Hit Post-Recession High in November

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in November rose 17.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733,000 units from a downwardly revised October reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since July 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 9.1 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The November sales numbers are consistent with our reports of growing builder confidence, particularly big gains in traffic to new home sites,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Builders are encouraged by the increased demand for housing and expect business to continue to improve in 2018.” 

“Tax reform legislation should boost economic growth, setting the stage for continued strengthening of the housing market,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Job market growth, expected wage increases and tight existing home inventory will also help the market move forward next year.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was 283,000 in November, which is a 4.6-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 31.1 percent in the West, 14.9 percent in the South, 9.5 percent in the Northeast and 6.9 percent in the Midwest.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on DOI’s Reversal of Controversial Interpretation of MBTA

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s reversal of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA):

“NAHB is pleased to see that the Department of the Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor reversed a controversial Obama administration decision to subject private landowners, including home builders, to federal prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

It made no sense to hold landowners responsible for the lives of more than 1,000 different species of birds protected under the act and make them risk significant fines or even criminal prosecution if, during the course of normal business operations including building a home, a bird was accidentally injured or killed.

The decision today demonstrates the Trump administration’s commitment to a common-sense regulation. NAHB views today’s action by Department of the Interior as providing small businesses like home builders with the regulatory clarity and certainty small businesses need from the federal government.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




LP Legacy Launch Party & Happy Hour at the International Builders’ Show

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Date: Tues., January 9
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: International Builders’ Show, Booth W2900

Event Details:

LP will celebrate the launch of its LP Legacy premium sub-flooring and unveil the product’s second Tested Extreme Expedition during an afternoon happy hour party Jan. 9 on the floor of the International Builders’ Show. The event is open to LP customers, other Builders’ Show attendees, and the media.

Attendees will:

  • Experience and sample the strength, stiffness, and moisture resistance of LP Legacy premium sub-flooring
  • Go behind the scenes of the product’s first extreme test, a 70-foot drop from a remote waterfall
  • Be the first to see LP Legacy’s Tested Extreme Expedition #2
  • Enjoy free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Stop by our booth to enter to win a $2,000 REI gift card – drawing will take place during the launch party on Tuesday between 4:30 and 5:00pm

Registration

No pre-registration required.




Single-Family Starts Rise in Line with Builder Confidence

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Nationwide housing starts rose 3.3 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.297 million units after a downwardly revised October reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. This month’s reading is a post-recession high.

Single-family production rose 5.3 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 930,000, which also is the highest post-recession report. Year-to-date, single-family starts are 8.7 percent above their level over the same period last year. Meanwhile, multifamily starts fell 1.6 percent to 367,000 units after a strong October reading.

“The increase in single-family production is consistent with builder confidence gains, and shows builders are optimistic about new federal policies aimed to promote small business growth,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas.

“The strong November reading indicates that builders are continuing to increase single-family production to meet growing demand for housing,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With low unemployment and increasing owner-occupied household formation, single-family starts should continue to make gains in 2018.”

Regionally in November, combined single- and multifamily housing production rose 19.0 percent in the West and 11.1 percent in the South. Starts fell 12.9 percent in the Midwest and 39.6 percent in the Northeast.

Overall permit issuance in November was down 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.298 million units. Single-family permits rose 1.4 percent to 862,000 units while multifamily permits fell 6.4 percent to 436,000.

Permits rose 1.4 percent in the South. Permits declined 3.0 percent in the West, 4.7 percent in the Midwest and 5.7 percent in the Northeast.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Builders Confident as Market Primed to Expand in 2018

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased five points to a level of 74 in December on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) after a downwardly revised November reading. This was the highest report since July 1999, over 18 years ago.

“Housing market conditions are improving partially because of new policies aimed at providing regulatory relief to the business community,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas.

“The HMI measure of home buyer traffic rose eight points, showing that demand for housing is on the rise,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With low unemployment rates, favorable demographics and a tight supply of existing home inventory, we can expect continued upward movement of the single-family construction sector next year.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

All three HMI components registered gains in December. The component measuring buyer traffic jumped eight points to 58, the index gauging current sales conditions rose four points to 81 and the index charting sales expectations in the next six months increased three points to 79.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Midwest climbed six points to 69, the South rose three points to 72, the West increased two points to 79 and Northeast inched up a single point to 54.

Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at nahb.org/hmi. More information on housing statistics is also available at housingeconomics.com.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




NAHB Supports Final Tax Bill

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding the final House-Senate conference report on tax reform legislation:

"NAHB fully supports the final conference report on tax reform legislation and commends the work of House-Senate conferees. This comprehensive overhaul of the nation's tax code will help middle-class families, maintain the nation's commitment to affordable housing and ensure that small businesses are treated fairly relative to large corporations. Lower tax rates and a fair tax code will spur economic growth and increase competitiveness, and that is good for housing. We urge the House and Senate to move quickly to pass this legislation."

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on NLRB Overturning Browning-Ferris Decision

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reversal of an Obama-era decision that had vastly redefined joint employer status:

“NAHB applauds the NLRB decision to overturn its ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries that radically expanded the traditional test for joint employer status. The Browning-Ferris decision in 2015 made the standard for joint employment so broad and vague that an employer could be held liable for the labor and employment practices of independent contractors and subcontractors over which they have no direct control.

“By rescinding the Browning-Ferris standard, the NLRB has restored the traditional definition of joint employment in which a company must exercise ‘direct and immediate control’ over a worker in a business-to-business relationship. Home building firms and other small businesses who work closely with subcontractors and third-party vendors will now have more certainty and clarity regarding their employment decisions. The NLRB action restores the sensible criteria that has worked so well for the economy for more than 30 years.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




NKBA and NAHB Kick Off Year Two of the This Old House Generation Next Campaign at Design & Construction Week 2018

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

All Campaign Dollars Raised at Design & Construction Week to Benefit the Skilled Labor Fund

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) are continuing their dedication to closing the skilled labor gap in 2018 by helping to kick off the second year of the This Old House Generation Next and SGC Horizon’s Skilled Labor campaign to encourage and empower young people to join the skilled trades. Design & Construction Week® (DCW), the co-location of NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will host several events supporting the initiative during its run in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2018. NAHB will co-host an event with This Old House and SGC Horizon in the Professional Builder Show Village located in the IBS Outdoor Exhibits on Jan. 9. On Jan. 10, the NKBA and KBIS will co-host a ‘Beers for Trade Careers’ fundraising event with This Old House and its television personalities in The Backyard from 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

All dollars raised through the Generation Next and SGC Horizon’s Skilled Labor campaign during Design & Construction Week 2018 will go to the Skilled Labor Fund, an industry-wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market.

The crew from This Old House will be in attendance during Design & Construction Week to support and raise awareness for the Generation Next campaign. On Jan. 9, during the Design & Construction Week opening ceremonies, Norm Abram, This Old House master carpenter, will speak to residential builders, designers, contractors, architects and manufacturers as to why the skilled labor gap is now at crisis level, and how everyone can take action to better ensure the future of the building trades.

“Raising awareness of the building trades as a rewarding career path and mentoring a new generation of tradespeople has been an extremely gratifying experience this year,” said Abram. “I’m looking forward to continuing our effort to reinvigorate interest in our industry among young people and closing the skilled jobs gap.”

Abram will share details on how DCW attendees can get involved in the campaign and encourage everyone to donate to the Skilled Labor Fund. On day two of the show, he and the rest of the This Old House television team will be joined by This Old House Ventures’ CEO, Eric Thorkilsen, and NKBA CEO, Bill Darcy, at the ‘Beers for Trade Careers’ event in The Backyard from 4 p.m.–5 p.m. ‘Beers for Trade Careers’ will take place on the Fairway Architectural Railing Stage with beer provided by HomeAdvisor. The event will celebrate the great strides the Generation Next campaign and its partners[...]




T&S Brass Introduces New Sensor Faucet with Sleek, Compact Design

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – December 13, 2017 – T&S Brass and Bronze Works, leading manufacturer of innovative foodservice and commercial plumbing products, has released a freshly styled sensor faucet that offers a sleek, compact design.

The EC-3142 sensor faucet is a more streamlined product ideal for lavatory sinks and other areas where hygiene and water conservation are crucial considerations.

The EC-3142 includes above-deck electronics with point-of-use temperature mixing handle and comes standard with a 2.2 gpm vandal-resistant aerator.

The new faucet also offers the same valuable features as many other ChekPoint™ sensor faucet products:

  • Water-resistant control module with internal flow control switches
  • Customizable auto time-out and shut-off delay settings
  • Optional auto flush feature flows water for 30 seconds after every 12 inactive hours
  • Plug-in AC transformer or battery power options
  • Low battery LED indicator light
  • Polished, chrome-plated brass body for durability

In addition to decreasing the spread of germs through contact with contaminated surfaces, T&S ChekPoint™ sensor faucets can also contribute to significant water and energy savings, reducing water use by up to one gallon per handwashing.

For more information about this and other T&S products, visit www.TSBrass.com.

About T&S Brass
T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc. has been a leader in providing innovative equipment solutions to the foodservice and plumbing industries for 70 years, since 1947 when it developed the first pre-rinse unit. Today, with facilities on the east and west coasts of the U.S., in Shanghai, China, and in Europe, T&S leads the way in environmental initiatives from eco-friendly manufacturing processes to development of award-winning water- and energy-conserving products. T&S is among the first commercial plumbing manufacturers to be registered by UL to ISO 9001 Certification, the most stringent a corporation can receive. For more information, go to www.TSBrass.com.




NAHB Announces Finalists for Best of IBS Awards

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Best of IBS Awards for the 2018 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Fla. Over 300 product entries in nine categories were judged by 27 industry and media representatives. Finalists were evaluated on criteria such as innovation, functionality and design. Winners in each category, as well as a Best Overall winner, will be named at the conclusion of the show on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Here are the finalists for 2018 Best of IBS Awards:

Best Bath Product
Kichler Lighting (Booth W5942)
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America (Booth W3016)
Precision Frameworks (Booth W8153)
Trim-Tex Inc. (Booth S1744)

Best Energy Efficient Product
Acuity Brands (Booth S1070)
Airex Manufacturing Inc. (Booth S1433)
Ecobee (Booth W5687)
Ingersoll Rand/Trane Brand (Booth W7943)
MagVent, LLC (Booth S1176)
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Booth S231)
Noritz America (Booth W7583)

Best Green Building Product
DekTek Tile Inc. (Booth S3238)
Ecoinnovation Technologies (Booth W7863)
EcoSmart Inc. (Booth S244)
EZ SIPS Jobsite-Framed Structural Insulated Panels (Booth W4371)
Lennox Industries (Booth W3671)
TERM Barriers by Polyguard Products (Booth W6636)

Best Home Technology Product
Brilliant (Booth W5791)
BRK Brands Inc. (Booth W5882)
Honeywell International Inc. (Booth W5453)
NuBryte (Booth W5976)
Taco Comfort Solutions (Booth S1478)
Whirlpool (Booth P18)

Best Indoor Living Product
Corruven Inc. (Booth W4870)
Eaton (Booth W3490)
Eldorado Stone (Booth W2583)
Heat & Glo by Hearth & Home Technologies (Booth W3982)
Kichler Lighting (Booth W5942)

Best Kitchen Product
Air King (Booth W6852)
ARTISWALL (Booth S2864)
GE Appliances (Booth W3153)
NanaWall Systems (Booth W3990)
Whirlpool (Booth P18)

Best Outdoor Living Product
Advance Coatings Group (Booth S841)
Advantage Trim and Lumber (Booth S3006)
Aquor Water Systems (Booth S3333)
dasso Group (Booth S3040)
Knotwood (Booth S662)
Phantom Screens (Booth W6683)
Screen Tight (Booth W4215)




Accoya® Wood Achieves Declare Label From the International Living Future InstituteSM

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

The ecolabel demonstrates Accoya’s market leadership in product transparency

(DALLAS – December 7, 2017) – Accoya wood, the world’s leading high-performance wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, announces that it is now recognized under the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Declare label. Declare, an ingredients label for building products, is a transparency tool to help architects and other specifiers make informed choices regarding sustainable and healthy material use in green buildings.

Accoya wood has achieved the declaration status of “Red List Free,” deeming its product ingredients are 100% disclosed to 100 ppm and do not contain any chemicals on the Red List thereby meeting the LEED v4 Material Ingredient credit, Option 1 reporting requirements.

“Through our voluntary efforts, we are proud to announce this important recognition,” said John Alexander, sales director at Accsys Group. “From the very beginning, we have been committed to complete transparency and environmental stewardship in the built environment.”

In addition to a Red List Free status, the Accoya wood Declare label shows it is made >99.5% from FSC certified, rapidly renewable Radiata Pine; has a life span of more than 50 years; and proves no limitations for End of Life as it is recyclable and biodegradable/compostable.

The Declare label was created to support the Sustainable Material requirements of the Living Building Challenge, an international Green Building Philosophy that is gaining traction because of its rigor, holistic views and transparency.

Accoya wood is manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process to create the nontoxic high-performance wood product. The modification process chemically alters the wood’s free hydroxyls into stable acetyl groups. Acetyl groups are naturally present in all wood species, which means that nothing toxic is added. The altered cell structure of the wood makes it an unrecognizable food source for insects and prevents fungal decay.

Accoya wood boasts a 50-year above ground and 25-year below ground warranty and swelling and shrinkage are reduced by 75 percent or more. The material is sourced from FSC®-certifi[...]




Silver Award Winners Announced for National Sales and Marketing Awards

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) has announced Silver Award winners for The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards. The Nationals honors the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity and resilience.   

"The Nationals are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovations in new home design, marketing and sales," said Kerry Mulcrone, chairperson of The Nationals. "NAHB's commitment to recognizing originality, imagination and success has been exemplified by its award winners since the competition's inception."

Silver Award winners are the top vote recipients in each category and are the finalists for the Gold Award. Gold Awards in each category will be presented at an awards ceremony on Jan. 9, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando during the International Builders’ Show. Click here to order tickets as this event is expected to sell out.

A panel of industry experts judged more than 1335 entries. A full list of Silver Award honorees can be viewed here.  

The Nationals are co-sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on ITC Lumber Ruling

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on today’s ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that lumber shipments from Canada pose a threat of injury to domestic lumber producers:

“We are disappointed by the ITC ruling and believe this is a protectionist measure designed to safeguard the interests of major domestic lumber producers at the expense of American consumers. This decision means the tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department will remain in effect for Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. These tariffs are acting as a tax on American home buyers and lumber consumers.

“NAHB estimates that these tariffs will increase the price of an average single-family home built in 2018 by $1,360. Since the U.S. doesn’t’ produce enough lumber to meet the nation’s domestic needs, we need to take steps to boost domestic production. At the same time, the U.S. and Canada need to hammer out an equitable agreement to resolve this ongoing trade dispute that will provide American consumers a steady supply of lumber at a reasonable price.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Chic Studio S Bathroom Faucet Collection Blends Urban-Inspired Design and Unique Functionality

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 5, 2017) – An alluring combination of contemporary geometric lines and subtle design details, the new Studio S collection of bath and shower faucets from American Standard highlights thought-provoking styling and unmatched performance.

Showcasing a fashion-forward geometric silhouette juxtaposed with minimalistic surface details, the Studio S bathroom sink faucets include monoblock, widespread and vessel faucet configurations. Showering options include both Pressure Balance and Thermostatic valve options, diverter trims, and a drenching, generously sized 8-inch rain showerhead. Rounding out the collection are smartly styled accessories comprised of towel bars, a towel ring, robe hook and pivoting toilet paper holder.

The Studio S single-lever and vessel faucets feature a unique, nested handle design that eliminates the traditional gap when in the open position, showcasing clean lines and smooth operation. Designed to make a statement in any bathroom, the sleek, high-arc Studio S widespread faucet is offered in two handle options ― refined lever handles or a modern knob design.

The Studio S bath faucets incorporate pressure-compensating aerators to deliver a strong water flow while using a water-conserving 1.2 gallons per minute (gpm). These WaterSense-certified bathroom sink faucets provide 45 percent more water savings over standard 2.2 gpm models.

Designed for simplified installation, all Studio S bathroom sink faucets incorporate the exclusive Speed Connect Drain, an innovative pre-assembled system that never needs adjusting. Additionally, the smartly styled two-handle bath faucets save time and labor costs with the unique Speed Connect widespread installation system t[...]




Digger Specialties, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Column and Post

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Digger Specialties, Inc. announced that effective November 30, 2017 they have purchased the assets of Column & Post Inc. in Fuqua-Varina, North Carolina. Column & Post has been manufacturing Fiberglass Columns for distribution since 2002.

The President and Owner of Digger Specialties, Loren "Digger" Graber stated, "We are pleased with this purchase and it compliments and expands our current line of DSI Aluminum Columns for our valuable customers".

According to Larry Boyts, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, "This New offering of Cast and Pultruded Fiberglass Columns will be marketed through our Distributors and Wholesalers in the Millwork and Building Products Industries".

For more information, please contact DSI at (800) 446-7659 ext 352 or visit their website at diggerspecialties.com.

SOURCE: DiggerSpecialties.com




CertainTeed® Honors Best of the Best in Gypsum with Prestigious Trophy Award - US

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

Leading building materials manufacturer highlights the industry’s best as result of rigorous two-year competition, honoring excellence in drywall design and beyond

(Malvern, Pa.) – CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building materials, is pleased to formally announce the overall winners of the CertainTeed Gypsum US Trophy Awards, recognizing outstanding work using CertainTeed Gypsum products. Held in Austin, TX at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, those winners were honored in front of their peers as the best in the business.

Awarded every two years, the CertainTeed Gypsum US Trophy Awards recognize excellence in design, drywall installation and finishing. The competition judges building professionals for their gypsum-related skills in the following categories: Drywall, Plaster, Innovation & Sustainability, Residential, Non-residential, (Gypsum) Ceilings.

Sears Contract, Inc. and Michael’s Homes will proudly represent the United States at the 11th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards ceremony this March in Lisbon, Portugal. Selected from nine top Regional projects that represented outstanding work using CertainTeed Gypsum products, the two contractors were honored at the second CertainTeed Gypsum North American Trophy event in Austin. They will join Canadian contractors Smith Brothers Contracting Corp. and DonMor Drywall as the four North American honorees attending the prestigious international ceremony.

Showcasing its outstanding craftsmanship and artistry, Sears Contract, Inc. was selected for its work brought to the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina. Featuring a unique Romanesque design and built with modern construction materials, the project required careful attention to detail with its challenging vast open spaces and specialized decoration.

Michael’s Homes was selected based on the strength of its outstanding work building the River Watch home in Soddy Daisy, TN. This custom 2,900 square foot single family home is a great showcase of not only quality construction and attention to detail but how home builders like Michael’s Homes look beyond the aesthetic to build their homes with features that run deeper than the surface aesthetics. The River Watch home utilized AirRenew, SilentFX, Habito and No-Coat corners to create a living space that improves the quality of life for the occupant in the areas of indoor air quality, noise transmission and lasting durability. AirRenew is standard on all Michael’s Homes projects.

“As a leader in North American gypsum, it is our honor to recognize the best in the industry – in both residential and com[...]




Louisiana Remodeler Thomas Ashley Jr. Named 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers honored Thomas Ashley Jr., CAPS, CGP, CGR, a remodeler from Denham Springs, La., with its highest remodeling achievement award, the 2017 NAHB Remodeler of the Year. The award recognizes superior business management and customer service, exemplary NAHB and community involvement and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry. Ashley will be honored on Jan. 10, 2018, at the NAHB Remodelers All-Stars Celebration during the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

"Tom Ashley Jr. has become a respected remodeler over the last two decades through dedication to providing quality work for his customers, sincere enthusiasm to give back to his local community and deep involvement in the industry on the local and national levels," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Dan Bawden, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP, of Houston. "We are delighted to recognize his achievements with NAHB Remodelers’ most prestigious award.”

Ashley has over 20 years of remodeling experience in the Baton Rouge area, and founded his company, Expand Inc., in 1999. As a member of the Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) and NAHB Remodelers since 2000, Ashley has served in local and national leadership roles for both organizations, including 2005 Chair of the CRBA Remodelers Council, 2009 Chair of the CRBA, 2008 Chair of the Louisiana Home Builders Association and a NAHB Lifetime Director since 2006.

Ashley has previously won the 2016 NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist of the Year and 2016 CRBA Builder of the Year. He has been involved with many community service projects, including spearheading a home remodel for a man who lost both of his legs in a car accident. Ashley has also actively raised money and donated supplies for other home builders associations that have faced natural disasters, including the Great Flood throughout Louisiana in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Residential Window Web Pages Created for AAMA Website

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

The residential windows section of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) website received a recent overhaul. These new web pages focus exclusively on residential windows - those installed in new home construction, as well as remodeling and replacement, including skylights, sometimes referred to as “roof windows.” Intended to aid homeowners and the industry in addressing questions related to windows in residential applications, information on window types and features, safety and security, energy, installation and more can now be found in one place. A “Common Questions” section explains the benefits of residential windows including not only architectural beauty, but also energy efficiency, daylighting and natural ventilation.

“We wanted the site to be easy for homeowners to find credible, third-party industry information to explain air infiltration and condensation, which tend to be the most common questions regarding newly installed windows,” said Kim Flanary (Milgard), Acting Chair of the Residential Window Council Marketing Committee. “We also wanted it to serve as a go-to place for industry knowledge.”

Anyone from fenestration industry professionals to homeowners can benefit from a commonly asked questions section, a page dedicated to saving energy while remaining comfortable in a home and crucial information about the importance of daylighting. This section of the site also reviews residential window testing and certification, as well as how to understand condensation on windows.

AAMA encourages fenestration companies to provide these web pages to their customer service representatives to serve as a third-party resource for homeowner questions.

Visit aamanet.org/residential to access these newly-created resources.

About the Residential Window Council

To act as an information provider and promoter of residential windows and sunrooms in the fenestration and related building products industry. It shall also act as a provider of technical, regulatory, legislative, marketing and certification support to ensure that the appropriate standards are establis[...]




NAHB Honors Building Systems Industry Leaders

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Building Systems Councils (BSC) and the Log and Timber Homes Council bestowed 28 awards to systems-built industry manufacturers and home builders during its annual Building Systems Housing Summit held in Hershey, Pa. The 2018 BSC Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design were awarded to BSC members who demonstrated high achievement in home construction and marketing.

The awards recognize companies that excel in manufacturing and building modular, panelized, log, concrete and timber frame homes. Recipients of the BSC's awards were recognized for excellence in a range of categories such as website design, social media marketing and floor plan design.

"We are proud to honor the year's best in marketing and home design in the systems-built industry," said Norm Hall, BSC chairman and factory-built structures industry manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. "The systems-built industry continues to grow, and this was reflected in the increased number of entries we received. We're also pleased to see that this year's award winners represent each of the five manufacturing disciplines that make up the BSC."

Select projects will be on display on the BSC's Awards Wall during the International Builders' Show, Jan. 9 - 11, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. For a complete list of winners visit: www.nahb.org/bscawards.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




VorMax Plus Self-Cleaning Toilet Featuring Lysol Cleaner Scrubs Bowl with Every Flush

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 28, 2017) - Trusted household brands American Standard and Lysol have joined forces to introduce the VorMax Plus, a new self-cleaning toilet that cleans and freshens the toilet bowl with Lysol cleaner during every flush – no extra steps needed.

With the VorMax Plus toilet, American Standard, part of LIXIL, has taken cleaning performance to the next level with the innovative VorMax Plus FreshInfuser, which is hidden in an easy-to-access compartment behind the seat. The result: a cleaner bowl that helps prevent staining and buildup, without any extra effort by the user or an unsightly add-on device in the bowl. 

The award-winning VorMax flushing platform has been independently verified to clean the bowl two times better than conventional toilets*. Combined with Lysol cleaner – featuring an Ocean Fresh scent – the VorMax Plus toilet delivers effortless cleaning that freshens the bowl with each flush, reducing the elbow grease needed for one of the least favorite household chores.

To further simplify cleaning and maintenance, this toilet’s CleanCurve Rim omits the rim cavity and holes inside the bowl where dirt and buildup can get trapped and hide. In addition, VorMax Plus toilets feature brand-exclusive EverClean, the innovative permanent finish that helps toilets stay cleaner, longer. 

The VorMax Plus high efficiency toilet (HET) achieves the highest bulk removal score on the Maximum Performance (MaP) test, successfully flushing 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds) of waste with only 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf). It has earned WaterSense-certification for providing high performance while using 20 percent less water than traditional 1.6 gpf toilets.

VorMax Plus toilets provide ADA-compliant, personalized comfort with a Right Height (16 1/2-inch) elongated bowl configuration. The slow-close seat prevents slamming and features a quick release button that permits easy removal of the entire seat for thorough cleaning.

Each VorMax Plus FreshInfuser lasts up to 30 days (360 flushes); two packs are included with purchase of toilet, providing up to 60 days of fresh and clean.

List prices for VorMax Plus toilets range from $325 to [...]




Ply Gem Building Products Champions Affordable Housing With the Home for Good Project

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Ply Gem Building Products Champions Affordable Housing With the Home for Good Project and Announces Continued Partnership With Country Music Superstar Darius Rucker

CARY, N.C., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ply Gem® (NYSE: PGEM), a leading North American manufacturer of building products for 75 years, is expanding its Home for Good project in 2018 and will continue its partnership with campaign ambassador and three-time GRAMMY Award winner, Darius Rucker. Ply Gem believes that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home and through the Home for Good project has taken its passion for creating innovative, quality products that make beautiful homes, and turned it into a mission.  So far, the company has helped to build 450 homes in more than 70 communities across the U.S.

Through the Home for Good project, Ply Gem has already donated more than $1.2 million in building products, and in 2018 will carry on helping families build strength and stability through housing. Through the Home for Good project, Ply Gem is helping to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing in communities across the country and is partnering with Darius Rucker, as well as building industry professionals, to spread the word and make a difference.

"Seeing the power of the 'Home for Good Project' last year and the impact it had on people's lives was absolutely incredible," shares Rucker. "I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue to work with Ply Gem to give back to individuals, families and communities across the country in 2018."

"We are pleased to continue in 2018 with Darius Rucker as ambassador for the Ply Gem Home for Good project. He shares our passion for giving back to the community and belief that every American deserves a place they are proud to call home," said Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem. "We are committed to addressing the need for more affordable housing through the Home for Good project and look forward to partnering with Darius, building industry professionals and families across the U.S. again in 2018."

To demonstrate their ongoing collective commitment to the goal of affordable home ownership for everyone, Mr. Rucker joined Ply Gem at a site build in Charleston, SC on Friday, November 10, where local media was present to report the event (photos included).

A Few Facts about the Positive Impact of Home Ownership:

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New Home Sales Rate Reaches 10-Year High in October

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in October rose 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 units from a downwardly revised September reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales pace since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 8.9 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The October report shows strong sales growth at entry-level price points,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “In markets where builders are able to provide homes for families with different household budgets, they can fulfill a growing demand for housing.”  

“There is solid growth in the number of sales contracts signed before construction has begun, a strong indicator that new single-family home production should continue to grow as we look ahead to 2018,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

The inventory of new homes for sale was 282,000 in October, which is a 4.9-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 30.2 percent in the Northeast, 17.9 percent in the Midwest, 6.4 percent in the West and 1.3 percent in the South.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Multifamily Developer Confidence Weakens in Third Quarter

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), dropped 10 points to 46 in the third quarter of 2017. This is the lowest reading since the second quarter of 2011.

The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that a number above 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are improving than report conditions are getting worse.

The MPI provides a composite measure of three key elements of the multifamily housing market: construction of low-rent units, market-rate rental units and “for-sale” units, or condominiums. Two of the three components decreased in the third quarter: market-rate rental units and for-sale units both fell 17 points to 43 and 40, respectively, while low-rent units edged up one point to 54.

The Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI), which measures the multifamily housing industry's perception of vacancies, increased three points to 41, with lower numbers indicating fewer vacancies. After peaking at 70 in the second quarter of 2009, the MVI first improved dramatically, then edged back up, and has been fairly stable since 2013.

“We’re starting to see various markets across the country become oversupplied with multifamily construction, so builders and developers are pulling back a bit,” said Dan Markson, senior vice president of The NRP Group in San Antonio, Texas, and chairman of NAHB’s Multifamily Council.

“Multifamily production had been quite strong, although it slowed down in the past three months,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “And with approximately 600,000 units in the pipeline, builders and developers are taking a cautious approach until they see how the market absorbs these units when they come online.”

For data tables on the MPI and MVI, visit www.nahb.org/mms.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Housing Starts Up Sharply, Near Post-Recession High in October

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Nationwide housing starts rose 13.7 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units after a slight upward revision to the September reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. This is the highest housing production reading since October 2016, when total starts hit a post-recession high of 1.33 million.

Single-family production rose 5.3 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 877,000. Year-to-date, single-family starts are 8.4 percent above their level over the same period last year. Multifamily starts jumped 36.8 percent to 413,000 units after a weak September report.

“This uptick in housing production is aligned with our reports of strong builder confidence,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Our members are optimistic about the future of the housing market, even as uncertainties remain and they continue to face supply-side issues.”

“We are seeing solid, steady production growth that is consistent with NAHB’s forecast for continued strengthening of the single-family sector,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As the job market and overall economy continue to firm, we should see demand for housing increase as we head into 2018.”

Regionally in October, combined single- and multifamily housing production rose 42.2 percent in the Northeast, 18.4 percent in the Midwest and 17.2 percent in the South. Starts fell 3.7 percent in the West.

Overall permit issuance in October was up 5.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.297 million units. Single-family permits rose 1.9 percent to 839,000 units while multifamily permits fell 9.5 percent to 458,000.

Permits rose in all four regions. They increased 13.0 percent in the West, 4.1 percent in the Northeast, 3.8 percent in the Midwest and 3.0 percent in the South.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Senate Tax Reform Plan

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on tax reform legislation that was approved by the Senate Finance Committee:

“Though NAHB believes the Senate tax legislation is better for the housing sector, like the House, it fails to provide a meaningful incentive for homeownership for the middle class. We will continue to work with Congress on tax policy and other areas to ensure that housing and homeownership remain a national priority. Enacting meaningful tax reform that will help the middle class and small businesses is vital to keep the housing market moving forward and to create job and economic growth.

“The Senate tax plan would, however, protect important provisions to boost the production of affordable housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the tax-exempt bond program. The Senate plan would also provide sufficient tax reductions for small businesses to enable them to remain major drivers of job growth and maintain a level playing field with large corporations.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on House Tax Reform Plan

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on the House passage of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a bad deal for hard-working American families. It provides a huge windfall to major corporations paid for in large part by millions of working class home owners, who will see their housing tax incentives severely diminished. The bill effectively renders mortgage interest and property tax deductions unusable for middle class home buyers and home owners. By threatening the value of the largest asset held by most Americans, these changes will hurt the middle class by lowering household wealth.

“The House bill also severely diminishes the effectiveness of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), which is essential to spur the production and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. With the nation already in the midst of an affordability crisis, undermining the LIHTC will deal a crippling blow to keep housing affordable and available for those citizens who are most in need. And the bill will make it far more difficult for small businesses to compete and thrive because it disproportionately benefits corporations.

“Given the major shortfalls in the House tax reform bill, NAHB will look to the Senate to craft a better package that meets the needs of middle class families and the small business community.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Builder Confidence Climbs to 8-Month High in November

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose two points to a level of 70 in November on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This was the highest report since March, and the second highest on record since July 2005. 

“November’s builder confidence reading is close to a post-recession high — a strong indicator that the housing market continues to grow steadily,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “However, our members still face supply-side constraints, such as lot and labor shortages and ongoing building material price increases.”

“Demand for housing is increasing at a consistent pace, driven by job and economic growth, rising homeownership rates and limited housing inventory,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With these economic fundamentals in place, we should see continued upward movement of the single-family housing market as we close out 2017.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

Two out of the three HMI components registered gains in November. The component gauging current sales conditions rose two points to 77 and the index measuring buyer traffic increased two points to 50. Meanwhile, the index charting sales expectations in the next six months dropped a single point to 77.

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the Northeast jumped five points to 54 and the South rose one point to 69. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectively.

Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influenced by any outside party prior to being released to the publ[...]




Robb Rugg Named to Hacker Industries, Inc. Board of Directors

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

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Newport Beach, Calif. (November 15, 2017) Robb Rugg has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Hacker Industries, Inc., supplier of Firm-Fill® Sound Control Mats (SCM) and Firm-Fill® Gypsum Concrete Underlayments (GCU) to Licensed Applicators who install them across North America.

Rugg, currently the Executive Director of the Drake Group LLC, brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry to the Hacker Industries, Inc. Board.

“Robb is well known and respected in the construction industry for years of demonstrated leadership capabilities and dedication,” Wes Hacker, CEO of Hacker Industries, Inc., said.

“I am excited to have this opportunity with one of the leading Underlayment and Acoustical Control Mat suppliers in North America,” Rugg said. “Having spent my entire career in the construction industry, I’ve learned first-hand what makes a company successful — dedication to supplying a quality product, support of our customers and to our people who make the difference. Hacker Industries will continue to leverage this advantage to grow within the marketplace and exceed the expectations of our customers, employees and business partners.”

Rugg began his career in the construction industry with L&W Supply Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, a wholly owned subsidiary of USG Corporation. After 19 years with USG, Rugg left in 1998 as the General Manager of their Industrial Gypsum Division for James Hardie where he was President of James Hardie Gypsum and EVP of James Hardie Industries until May of 2002. In 2010, Rugg returned to James Hardie as the Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Business Development where he remained until March of 2017. Rugg has also held executive leadership positions with ProBuild Holdings and Grabber Construction Products as well as being a building materials consultant, classified by the Gerson Lehrman Group as a GLG “Leader” which is their top 5% of consultants.

A graduate of the University of Illinois who earned his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in finance, Rugg continued his education with an M.B.A. from Saint Mary&[...]




ICC Publishes New Evaluation Report for Hacker Industries, Inc. FIRM-FILL® Products

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

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Newport Beach, Calif. (November 14, 2017) The International Code Council® Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) has just published a new evaluation report, ESR-3386, on their website today. ICC-ES also linked the evaluation report/listing to the appropriate section of the 2015 IBC, IRC, IPC, and IMC, to the ICC Premium Access and Public Access code sites. This free service will give more visibility to the evaluation reports/listings and will allow millions of code users of the Premium and Public Access of the codes to see the reports readily. The users include, but are not limited to, specifiers, engineers, code officials and designers.

“We are very pleased to receive this evaluation report from ICC-ES. Having the most current code approvals shows the value and reliability of our products,” said Dean Hacker, Vice President of Hacker Industries, Inc. “FIRM-FILL® Sound Control Mats and FIRM-FILL® Gypsum Concrete Underlayments were evaluated and approved for composition, strength, density, sound transmission, and fire-resistance. They are also specified in more than 105 UL Fire Resistance Designs.”

For decades, ICC-ES has been the industry leader in performing technical evaluations for code compliance, providing regulators and construction professionals with clear evidence that products comply with codes and standards. Having completed thousands of evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials, ICC-ES has a proven track record of excellence in product evaluations and customer service.

SOURCE: HackerIndustries.com




IHA Places Emphasis on Addressing Housing Needs of Developing Countries

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

During its 2017 Interim Meeting this week in Tokyo, the International Housing Association (IHA) launched a new working group to support the housing needs of developing countries. The IHA aims to advance the housing industry globally.  By bringing a focus to the specific needs of developing countries through this new working group, the IHA will actively contribute to a better understanding their needs and thereby bring heightened awareness to the housing needs of its member countries and across the world.

“IHA is committed to opening the channels of communication to help address the housing needs of developing counties that are actively working to advise the economic position and living standards of their citizens through housing,” said Kevin Lee, chairman of IHA and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “By working together, we will be able to share ideas and best practices from around the world that have worked in other countries, to better assist developing countries that may have similar challenges.”

The IHA recognizes that the residential construction needs of developing countries need to be better understood by the global industry as a whole. The Working Group will serve as the key forum for dialogue about some of the challenges these countries face while moving toward solutions to meet their housing needs.

Lee noted, “while residential construction needs can vary greatly from country to country, there are many common goals and issues that we share.  We hope that this

Working Group will open up a dialogue and will help provide developing countries with some resources and solutions to help address the housing needs within their individual countries.”

For more information, please contact Giuliana Nava-Cord at 800-368-5242, ext. 8182 or gnava@nahb.org

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Hacker Industries Welcomes New Western Regional Sales Manager

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

(image) Newport Beach, Calif (November 10, 2017) As Hacker Industries, Inc. continues to grow, Dan Russo joins our sales team as Western Regional Sales Manager.

Dan brings an extensive knowledge of construction markets and the sales process to his position. He will be working with our valued customers in the West.

Dan will cultivate and share leads with our applicators. He will also contact general contractors and work with builders and architects through direct presentations and sales efforts to showcase the value of FIRM-FILL® Gypsum Concrete Underlayments and FIRM-FILL® Sound Control Mats (SCM).

For more information on the solutions Hacker Industries, Inc. offers, visit www.HackerIndustries.com or call us at (800) 642-3455.




International Housing Community Gathers to Discuss Importance of the Housing Continuum

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

At its 2017 Interim Meeting this week in Tokyo, the International Housing Association (IHA) has officially released the IHA Housing Continuum, an important tool to support dialogue between countries around the world to collaborate to improve housing for all.

The IHA Housing Continuum provides a working diagram and terminology guide to common housing supply system elements, including types of housing units, types of programming, and whether they are social units or programs, or market-based. While different countries use different terms or definitions, the IHA Housing Continuum provides a basic lexicon for international dialogue for best approaches to improve housing systems.

A fundamental concept of the IHA Housing Continuum is that a successful housing system provides shelter for all, while facilitating people moving up the continuum to improve their own socio-economic well-being.  This in turn contributes to improving the socio-economic well-being of an entire nation.

“The IHA is actively engaged in addressing housing affordability challenges faced by member countries around the world, including the social housing challenges facing those most in need. By establishing the official IHA Housing Continuum, we are providing a common lexicon as a key tool for advancing dialogue on these important issues. It will facilitate discussions, enhance collaboration, and accelerate the finding of the right solutions for the varying situations around the world,” said Kevin Lee, chairman of IHA and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “While each country has different traditions and individual needs, it is helpful to learn from each other and share challenges and best practices for housing’s role in the economy, so each country can find the solutions that are right for them. The IHA Housing Continuum will help us, and others around the world, do just that.”

“The international housing industry is working together to meet the housing needs of communities across the world, and not only provide residents with shelter, but also give them the tools to move forward through the continuum to advance their own financial success, and in turn that of entire countries,” noted Lee.

For more information, please contact Giuliana Na[...]




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Tax Reform

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on tax reform legislation in the House and Senate:

“While NAHB still opposes the current House tax reform bill, the Senate version represents a positive development. However, though the Senate bill provides meaningful tax relief for small businesses and keeps the complete Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in place, we still believe that maintaining an effective homeownership tax benefit is vitally important. NAHB will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve this goal as the legislative process moves forward.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Los Angeles Takes Top Spot as Nation’s Least Affordable Housing Market

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

San Francisco, which has been the nation’s least affordable housing market for nearly five years, was supplanted by Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today.

In all, 58.3 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $68,000. This is down from the 59.4 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the second quarter.

“Though builder confidence remains strong, they continue to deal with the long-term repercussions of this devastating hurricane season, which has exacerbated chronic labor and lot shortages and put upward pressure on material and home prices,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas.

“Solid economic growth, along with ongoing quarterly job gains and rising household formations, are fueling housing demand,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “Tight inventories and a forecast of rising mortgage interest rates through 2018 will keep home prices on a gradual upward path and slowly lessen housing affordability in the quarters ahead.”

The national median home price rose to $260,000 in the third quarter from $256,000 in the second quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, average mortgage rates inched up two basis points in the third quarter to 4.1 percent from 4.08 percent in the second quarter.

For the fourth consecutive quarter, Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa., was rated the nation’s most affordable major housing market. There, 90.1 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the third quarter were affordable to families earning the area’s median income of $54,600. Meanwhile, Wheeling, W.Va.-Ohio, was rated the nation’s most affordable smaller market, with 94.7 percent of homes sold in the third quarter being affordable to families earning the median income of $56,100.

Rounding out the top five affordable major housing markets in respective order were Syracuse, N.Y.; Scranton-Wilkes Barr[...]




House Passes Joint Employer Bill, Providing Certainty for Small Businesses

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today commended the House for passing the bipartisan Save Local Business Act, legislation that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to restore a common sense joint employer standard for home building firms and other small businesses.

"Under current law, it is possible for a home builder to be considered a joint employer through such a basic business act as setting the work schedule of their subcontractor," said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. "This bill would reinstate the sensible criteria that has worked for the American business community for more than 30 years and provide legal certainty for all business owners."

In 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned decades of precedence in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. by affirming that a company could be considered a joint employer if it has indirect control or the potential to determine the key terms of an employee's employment, including hiring and firing, supervision, scheduling and the means and method of employment.

The question of what can be deemed indirect control and just how much of it could legally constitute joint employment was left open-ended by the NLRB, causing confusion and uncertainty for the housing and small business community.

"Since the indirect test is so vague and non-specific, the NLRB has not excluded the possibility that a home building firm could be found to be joint employers of its subcontractors if it merely asked for additional subcontractors to complete a job that is running behind schedule," said MacDonald.

This is especially problematic for the housing industry, given that most home building companies employ fewer than 10 workers and rely on an average of 22 subcontractors to complete a home.

The Save Local Business Act offers a common-sense solution to the uncertainty generated since the NLRB's ruling by proclaiming that a company may be considered a joint employer of a worker only if it 'directly, actually, and[...]




MiTek’s Sales Simplicity Now Offers Options Online™

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Options Online is Now Available as a Sales Simplicity Feature, so New Lots and New Homes Can be Selected, Optioned Out, and Sold Over the Web

CHESTERFIELD, MO – November 7, 2017 – Sales Simplicity, a MiTek® company, today announced that it will be offering Options Online™ as an add-on feature within the Sales Simplicity software solution.

Options Online uses live inventory data for models, lots, and options to enable website visitors to self-select and configure their new homes on the home builder’s branded website. As home buyers or prospects build out their homes, the sales leads are captured, and information-rich records of the prospects’ selections are automatically sent to the sales team as registered leads.

Read an Options Online case study to learn how Wade Jurney Homes is using Options Online today. Link.

Because Options Online is a Sales Simplicity plugin, all of the captured information flows directly into Sales Simplicity. And because Sales Simplicity is tightly integrated with BuilderMT’s WMS, the same data seamlessly fuels estimating, workflow, scheduling, and purchasing.

“Home builders that face the prospect of building out expensive websites and ecommerce infrastructures can avoid those costs by simply plugging in to Options Online,” said Rob Hooker, MiTek’s Senior VP of Enterprise Software Solutions. “The fact that Options Online is rich with data from the e[...]




Housing Market Grows Modestly Even as Housing Production Lags

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Markets in 197 of the 337 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the third quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today. This represents a year-over-year net gain of 40 markets.

The index’s nationwide score inched up to 1.03, meaning that based on current permit, price and employment data, the nationwide average is running at 103% of normal economic and housing activity. Meanwhile, 84% of markets have shown an improvement year over year.

However, individual components of the LMI are at different stages of recovery. While employment has reached 99 percent of normal activity and home price levels are well above normal at 155 percent, single-family permits are running at just 56 percent of normal activity.

In encouraging news, employment levels are at or above normal levels in 118 markets — a 10 percent increase over last quarter. At the same time, permits are also expanding, as the number of markets at or above normal levels grew to 70 — a 6 percent increase over the last quarter. The LMI data show that permits have recovered from losses earlier in the year, but remain the sluggish component of the index.

“This report indicates that housing is growing at a gradual pace in markets nationwide, even as many parts of the country continue to recover from the recent hurricanes,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Continued job growth and increasing household formation should help the housing market make additional gains as we begin to close out 2017.”

“Home price appreciation remains the strongest component of the HMI, and strong employment numbers also bode well for the continued growth of the housing sector,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “While permits continue to inch upward, they remain the weakest element of the index and show that builders need to manage supply-side hurdles, such as rising material prices and labor sho[...]




55+ Housing Builders and Developers Stay Confident in Third Quarter

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market continued to be positive in the third quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI), released today.

While the index measuring builder confidence in the single-family 55+ market dropped from a reading of 66 in the second quarter to 59 this quarter, it’s the 14th quarter in a row in which the re ading was above 50, the break-even point at which more respondents see conditions as good than poor.

The effects of destructive hurricanes and a series of wildfires earlier this fall are likely reflected in this quarter’s survey, which was conducted in September, said Dennis Cunningham, chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council and president of ActiveWest Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

“However, this is a temporary effect. Overall confidence remains high and builders continue to be optimistic about the 55+ market in the long run.”

There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic).

When compared to the previous quarter, among the three single-family components of the 55+ HMI, present sales dropped from 70 to 65, sales expected in the next six months from 80 to 63, and traffic of prospective buyers from 53 to 44.

Meanwhile, the 55+ multifamily condo HMI slipped slightly from 53 to 51. Of the three 55+ condo HMI components, present sales edged down from 56 to 55, sales expected in the next six months stayed the same at 55 and traffic dipped from 45 to 40.




NAHB Calls on Congress to Enact Comprehensive Housing Finance Reform

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called on Congress today to move swiftly to implement comprehensive reforms to the nation’s housing finance system to ensure that housing credit remains readily available and affordable in the future.

Testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard said that Congress must focus on fixing the structural flaws inherent in Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s government charters that led to the breakdown of the housing finance system.

"NAHB calls on Congress to make comprehensive housing finance reform a top priority and pass legislation to ensure the federal government continues to provide a backstop for a reliable and adequate flow of affordable housing credit in all economic and financial conditions," said Howard.

Howard presented lawmakers specific policy proposals covering both single-family and multifamily housing that would:

"Comprehensive legislation is the only way to ensure a stable housing finance system, preserve access to credit and protect taxpayers," Howard said.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Republican Tax Reform Plan Slams Middle Class

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on the tax plan unveiled by House Republicans:

“The House Republican tax reform plan abandons middle-class taxpayers in favor of high-income Americans and wealthy corporations. The bill eviscerates existing housing tax benefits by drastically reducing the number of home owners who can take advantage of mortgage interest and property tax incentives.

“And capping mortgage interest at $500,000 for new home purchases means that home buyers in expensive markets will effectively lose this housing tax benefit moving forward.

“The House leadership killed a cost-effective plan proposed by NAHB that Ways and Means Committee leaders agreed to include in the legislation. It would provide a robust homeownership tax credit that would have helped up to 37 million additional home owners who do not currently itemize. Most of them are low- and moderate-income home owners.

“Meanwhile, as corporations receive a major tax cut, small businesses, which generate the lion’s share of job growth, get limited relief.

“The bottom line: Congress is ignoring the needs of America’s working-class families and small businesses.

“And by undermining the nation’s longstanding support for homeownership and threatening to lower the value of the largest asset held by most American families, this tax reform plan will put millions of home owners at risk.”

SOURCE: NAHB.org




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on Imposition of Canadian Lumber Tariffs

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Commerce Department's final decision to impose countervailing and anti-dumping duties averaging 20.83 percent on Canadian lumber imports:

"Today's move by the Commerce Department to impose duties averaging 20.83 percent on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. could not have come at a worse time. Home builders and home owners are already dealing with the monumental rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane season and California wildfires. This tariff only adds to the burden by harming housing affordability and artificially boosting the price of lumber. It is nothing more than a thinly-disguised tax on American home buyers, home builders and consumers.

"This is particularly disappointing given that NAHB met recently with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to express our concerns on this issue. Unfortunately, the administration is taking protectionist measures to support domestic lumber producers at the expense of millions of U.S. home buyers and lumber consumers. This is an especially hard blow at a time when the housing sector is still struggling to regain its footing and grappling with rebuilding efforts following these natural disasters

"Lumber is a major component in new home construction and one-third of the lumber used in the U.S. last year was imported. The bulk of the imported lumber - more than 95 percent - came from Canada.

"Canada and the U.S. need to work cooperatively to achieve a long-term, stable solution in lumber trade that provides for a consistent and fairly priced supply of lumber.

"On the domestic front, policymakers need to take steps that will help U.S. lumber firms to meet domestic demand. Those efforts must include better and more active management of our federally-owned forests to promote healthier forest which currently face imminent[...]




Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on GOP Tax Plan

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement on the tax plan that will be put forth by Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee:

"Lawmakers missed a golden opportunity to give the American people a tax reform package that would boost middle-class families and promote greater housing opportunity for Americans across the economic spectrum.

"This plan is particularly disappointing, given that the nation's home builders warned that the proposal would severely diminish the effectiveness of the mortgage interest deduction and presented alternative policies that would retain an effective housing tax incentive in the tax code.

NAHB worked closely with leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee to develop a better homeownership tax incentive that will ensure the middle class - not the wealthy - benefits. Last week, it appeared that we had a deal that would establish a meaningful homeownership tax credit that would benefit tens of millions of households. Unfortunately, we were told by the House leadership that the credit will be removed from the bill.

"By sharply reducing the number of taxpayers who would itemize, what's left is a tax bill that essentially eviscerates the mortgage interest deduction and strips the tax code of its most vital homeownership tax benefit. This tax blueprint will harm home values, act as a tax on existing home owners and force many younger, aspiring home buyers out of the market.

"Given that owning a home is the largest asset for most American households, it makes little sense to offer a tax bill that effectively abandons the nation's long-standing commitment to housing.

"This plan will hurt millions of hard-working American families and marginalize homeownership. The American people deserve better."

SOURCE:




Southern Forest Products Association Elects 2018 Slate of Officers

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) Board of Directors elected its 2018 slate of officers during its recent Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida. They are Chairman Donna Whitaker of Interfor U.S., Peachtree City, Georgia; Vice Chairman Steven Mason of Deltic Timber Corporation, El Dorado, Arkansas; Treasurer Donny White of Ray White Lumber Company, Sparkman, Arkansas. The Board also reelected Tami Kessler as Executive Director and William Almond of Almond Brothers Lumber Company in Coushatta, Louisiana, to serve as Immediate Past Chairman.

The officers assume their duties immediately.

“I look forward to continuing the legacy of this association, working with the excellent staff at SFPA,” Chairman Whitaker said. “Our association is a strong voice in the industry, and I hope to build on that strength as we continue activities through the coming year,” she added.

SFPA is a nonprofit trade association that has represented manufacturers of Southern Pine lumber since 1915. Today, SFPA is the leading source of information about Southern Pine products for design-build professionals and consumers.




Hacker Industries, Inc. FIRM-FILL® Products Meet New IAPMO Listing

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Do Your Underlayments Meet the Latest Code Approvals?

Newport Beach, Calif. (October 25, 2017) After conducting an extensive series of comprehensive tests on their products, Hacker Industries, Inc. recently received a new evaluation report, ERO474, from IAPMO, certifying that Firm-Fill® Sound Control Mats (SCM) and Firm-Fill® Gypsum Concrete Underlayments are in compliance with current codes such as IBC/UBC. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize IAPMO Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for approving CSI Section 03 54 00 Cementitious Underlayments and 09 80 00 Acoustic Treatment products as acceptable in their projects.

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“From our beginning, it has been vital that our products show they are of greater value by meeting the most up-to-date code approvals,” explained Dean Hacker, Vice President of Hacker Industries, Inc. “This is exciting news for us because building inspectors and cities have a long history of using evaluation reports, and IAPMO operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department.”

IAPMO thoroughly examined Hacker Industries, Inc.’s Firm-Fill® SCM and Firm-Fill® Gypsum Concrete Underlayments and assemblies for use as floor leveling toppings/underlayments and also for sound transmission requirements in accordance with Section 1207 of the IBC/UBC and Appendix K of the IRC, and for use as fire-resistance rated floor/ceiling assemblies in accordance with Section 703 of the IBC and Section R302 of the IRC, as applicable. The SCM and gypsum concrete underlayments have been evaluated for composition, strength, density, sound transmission, and fire-resistance. Our products are [...]




New Home Sales Pace in September Hits 10-Year High

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in September rose 18.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667,000 units from an upwardly revised August reading, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the highest sales rate since October 2007. Year-to-date, new home sales are 8.6 percent above their level over the same period last year.

“The September sales numbers show that there is solid, growing demand for new home construction,” said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “However, builders need to continue to monitor rising construction costs to keep houses affordably priced.”  

“New home sales have bounced back from a few soft months and have returned to the strong growth trend we saw earlier this year,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “As existing home inventory remains tight, we can expect new homes sales to continue to make gains in the months ahead.” 

The inventory of new homes for sale was 279,000 in September, which is a 5.0-month supply at the current sales pace.

New home sales increased in all four regions. Sales rose 33.3 percent in the Northeast, 25.8 percent in the South, 10.6 percent in the Midwest and 2.9 percent in the West.

SOURCE: NAHB.org




LP Introduces Premium Sub-Flooring With Superior Strength and Industry-Leading Stiffness

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Featuring Gorilla Glue Technology™, LP Legacy panels offer exceptional moisture resistance and a “Covered Until It’s Covered” no-sand guarantee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2017) – LP Building Products, the leader in high-performance building solutions, is answering the call for tougher sub-flooring with the launch of LP Legacy™, APA rated* with the highest bending stiffness and as one of the strongest sub-floor panels in the industry.

Packed with more resin, wax, and wood strands and made with Gorilla Glue Technology™, LP Legacy engineered sub-floor boasts superior moisture resistance that prevents edge swell. As a result, LP Legacy carries a class-leading “Covered Until It’s Covered” no-sand warranty, as well as a Lifetime Limited Warranty that lasts as long as the home.

Each wood strand in LP Legacy panels is coated with resins using Gorilla Glue Technology to ensure maximum moisture resistance. The resins bond wood fibers at the molecular level for premium performance. The panel’s high density makes it ideal for hardwood floors, tile applications, and homes that may be exposed to the elements for longer periods during construction.

“Backed by LP’s 44 years of manufacturing experience, LP Legacy is a complete sub-floor solution whose premium performance in wet, harsh environments provides building pros with peace of mind until each house is closed in,” says Jim Abbott, Director, OSB/EWP Sales of LP Building Products. “What’s more, our exclusive alliance with Gorilla Glue allows builders to promote a high-profile brand recognized by homeowners for its toughness and durability.”

Along with its moisture resistance, LP Legacy sub-flooring’s strength, stiffness, and density translate into exception[...]




Remodeling Market Indicators Maintain Strength in Third Quarter

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 57 in the third quarter of 2017, up two points from the previous quarter. For 18 consecutive quarters, the RMI has been at or above 50, which indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher compared to the prior quarter than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity.

“Remodelers are seeing higher demand in residential repairs, and expect to be busy well into the new year with jumps in work backlog, call for bids and proposal appointments, likely due in part to the significant damage caused by hurricanes across the southern states,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Dan Bawden, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP, a remodeler from Houston. “However, the ongoing labor shortage is constraining how quickly the repairs can be completed.”

Remodelers are finding it more difficult to find skilled labor; over 90 percent of respondents stated that there is a shortage of finish carpenters. This is a significant increase from the third quarter of 2013, when only 44 percent of respondents reported a shortage of finish carpenters.

Current market conditions increased one point from the second quarter of 2017 to 56. Among its three major components, major additions and alterations waned one point to 53, minor additions and alterations increased three points to 56, and the home maintenance and repair component rose one point to 58.

The future market indicators index rose three points from the previous quarter to 58. Calls for bids increased two points to 58, amount of work rose three points to 56, the backlog of remodeling jobs gained two points to 60 and appointments for proposals increased four points to 59.

“In addition to the labor shortage, [...]




Hurricanes Push Down Housing Production in September

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

Nationwide housing starts fell 4.7 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Nationwide single-family production fell 4.6 percent to 829,000 units due to a 15.3 percent decline in the hurricane-ravaged South. All other regions posted gains in the single-family sector, and nationwide single-family permits increased 2.4 percent.

"We are seeing the hurricanes take a toll on single-family production, but builder confidence is strong and production should bounce back as the recovery process gets underway," said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas.

"Looking at historical data, there is a pattern of decreased production immediately following natural disasters but economic fundamentals will drive the longer-term trend in housing starts," said NAHB Senior Economist Michael Neal. "Nationwide single-family permits are up this month, and year-to-date single-family starts are 9.1 percent ahead of their level over the same period last year — two indicators that this sector continues to improve."

Regionally in September, combined single- and multifamily housing production rose 15.7 percent in the West. Starts fell 9.2 percent in the Northeast, 9.3 percent in the South and 20.2 percent in the Midwest.

Overall permit issuance in September was down 4.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million units. Single-family permits rose 2.4 percent to 819,000 units while multifamily permits fell 16.1 percent to 396,000.

Regionally, overall permits rose 9.2 percent in the Northeast and 0.5 percent in the Midwest. Permits fell 5.6 percent[...]




Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in October

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

“This month’s report shows that home builders are rebounding from the initial shock of the hurricanes,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “However, builders need to be mindful of long-term repercussions from the storms, such as intensified material price increases and labor shortages.”

“It is encouraging to see builder confidence return to the high 60s levels we saw in the spring and summer,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “With a tight inventory of existing homes and promising growth in household formation, we can expect the new home market continue to strengthen at a modest rate in the months ahead.”

Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.

All three HMI components posted gains in October. The component gauging current sales conditions rose five points to 75 and the index charting sales expectations in the next six months increased five points to 78. Meanwhile, the component measuring buyer traffic ticked up a single point to 48. 

Looking at the three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, the South rose two points to 68 and the Northeast rose one point to 50. Both the West and Midwest remained unchanged at 77 and 63, respectiv[...]


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