News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Hallie Busta / ProSales / September 5, 2013
Homeowner demand for decking and railing products is poised to continue its steady rise through 2015 at an annual rate of 4% to value $4.1 billion that year. While demand for synthetic and metal boards and rails is expected to grow faster than that for wood, the historical market front-runner will likely hold its lead and market share.
The news comes from Malvern, Pa.-based consulting firm Principia’s 2013 survey of more than 750 homeowners, dealers, and other industry experts about their buying and selling decking and railing. In its report, the company projects 13% growth in demand for each
Allison Ewing / ECOHOME / August 29, 2013
If we are to become carbon neutral, we need consider not only the energy performance of a home or structure, but also the embodied energy of the materials that go into construction of the dwelling—the cumulative embodied energy. The average home has 300 mWh hours of embodied energy, roughly 25 percent of the total energy used over the lifetime of the building. While the operational usage outstrips the embodied energy in the long term, if we are to truly talk about net-zero energy, embodied energy needs to fit into the equation.
But how should we choose the best materials? Should we focus on renewable,Read More
Craig Webb / ProSales / August 21, 2013
Net sales relatively steady at $16.5mln
One of the largest annual surveys that collects bottom-line numbers from dealers nationwide suggests building material suppliers last year posted their first operating profit since at least 2008.
The Building Material Operations Comparison (BMOC) report found that the roughly 150 reporting dealers posted average operating income of $70,971 in 2012, rebounding from operating losses of $176,820 in 2011, $228,882 in 2010 and $1.5 million in 2009. The turnaround came even though average sales dipped to $16.5 million in 2012 from $16.9 millionRead More
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Producer Price Indexes (PPI) for July. Producer prices for finished goods were flat in July after rising 0.8% in June and 0.5% in May. Excluding food and energy, the core index continued its recent stability rising 0.1%. A 0.2% monthly decline in energy prices and flat food prices held the headline index flat despite the 0.1% increase in core prices.
PPIs for softwood lumber and OSB continued the descent that began earlier this year. Softwood lumber prices declined 2.3% from June to July, extending the decline from the recent April peak to 16.6%.Read More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 7, 2013
Billions of dollars and thousands of domestic jobs are lost annually as product knockoffs, mostly from China, continue to stream into North America.
Most contractors probably have a torpedo level in their toolboxes, but fewer can be certain about that tool’s provenance or quality.
The mention of torpedo levels isn’t random. A leading supplier, Wisconsin-based Empire Level, has been stepping up its efforts to thwart the perennial problem of counterfeits coming into the U.S. from Asia and primarily China.
Illegal knockoffs of tools and just about every other product these days—consumerRead More