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WoodWorks’ National Symposium Will Serve as a Kickoff for Building Competition

WoodWorks — Wood Products Council will host a National Symposium, ‘Toward Taller Wood Buildings’ in Chicago on November 6 and


Rise in Employment Means Good Things for Housing

As the economy shifts from summer to fall, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) points to good


Breakdown of Custom Home Market Share Across U.S.

New data from the National Association of Home Builders shows substantial differences across the nation’s regions in the share of


September’s Home Sales Data Reflects Continued Recovery

Housing economist Tom Lawler recently spoke to Calculated Risk, an industry respected finance and economics blog, where he cited September


Construction Employment Up From One Year Ago

July 2014 saw a spike in construction sector hiring, which led to a decreased number of open jobs in August.


Improving Jobs Market Could Benefit Housing Recovery

For the first time since 2008, the unemployment rate in the United States fell below six percent, according to a


Homeowners Continue to Look for Aging-In-Place Design Solutions

Today’s homeowners are more educated than ever and they consciously look to make the most sound purchasing decisions for not


Home Prices See Gains Once Again

New data from the latest Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Case-Shiller’s House Price Index – National showed gains of 5.6


New Home Sales Went Up in August

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released stats showing new homes sales increased


WoodWorks to Host National Forum on the Transition Toward Taller Wood Buildings

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, will host a national symposium, Toward Taller Wood Buildings, in Chicago, Illinois


Builders’ Sentiment at Highest Level Since 2005

The September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, issued by the National Association of Home Builders, showed that builders’ sentiment increased


Architecture Activity Opens Strong in Q3

U.S. architecture firms all around the United States had three consecutive months of gains in billings as of July 2014.


Case Study: Essex Home Improvements Uses LP® SmartSide® Siding to Provide Superior Aesthetics, Ease of Installation

A New Jersey–based family owned and operated business, Essex Home Improvements provides general contracting services with a specialization in exterior


Multifamily Construction Spending Up Almost 40 Percent

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its latest estimate on residential construction spending, which showed gains in both the single-family


Latest Economic Well-Being Report Released

The Federal Reserve Board recently released its latest report detailing the current economic well being of U.S. Households, according to


Will Fall 2014 See A Sustained Housing Rebound?

In the housing industry, fall is usually the time of year when home sales begin to drop off, but after


Architect Michael Green Explains the Benefits of Building With Wood

Well-respected architect Michael Green, founder of Michael Green Architecture located in Vancouver, BC and New York, is internationally recognized for


Housing Construction Is Back Up

Construction housing starts rebounded to a yearly rate of 1.093 million in July, a 15.7 percent increase over a dip


Confidence Continues to Grow Among the Builder Set

The latest NAHB/ Wells Fargo Housing Index increased by two points in August, coming out at 55, inching closer to


Housing Affordability Almost Back to Normal

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders shows housing affordability is almost back to normal, approaching pre-2004


Employment in Construction Sector Up Since 2011

The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows open, unfilled jobs in


David Weekley Homes Names LP ‘Partner of Choice’

LP Building Products was recently awarded the prestigious “Partners of Choice” Award for 2014 from David Weekley Homes, the nation’s


LP SolidGuard LSL Rated Among Top Structural Lumber Products

As most homebuilders in the industry know, the structural components of a home are among the most important elements. Digital


55+ Housing Market is Seeing Increases in Builder Confidence

Builder’s confidence levels in the housing market are taken very seriously among industry professionals, and for good reason. When this


Spending in the Residential Construction Sector Is Up Year-Over-Year

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders cited Census data that showed despite two monthly declines in


LP Introduces LP SolidStart Simply Better Stud to Timber Market in the United Kingdom

This summer, LP Building Products expanded the LP® SolidStart® family and launched the new LP® SolidStart® Simply Better™ Stud in


Remodelers’ Confidence in the Market Went Up in Q2

As builders’ confidence in the current state of the housing market continues to rise (see our previous blog post on


LP OSB ZB Family of Products Provides Structural Roof, Floor and Wall Solutions Engineered for Hawaii

Earlier this year, LP Building Products, the No. 1 OSB producer and leader in strand technology, introduced a line of


July Sees Spike in Builder Confidence

The market for newly-built, single-family homes is seeing growth and builders are taking notice. In fact, builder confidence surpassed a


Construction Sector Continues to Rebound with More Open, Unfilled Jobs

The National Association of Home Builders has reported recently on the rebounding housing industry, as well as the economy as


Home Sales Spike After Slow Q1

The first quarter of 2014 was a slow one for the housing market, due mainly to harsh weather and rising


Future of Housing Looks to Minorities, Millennials and Baby Boomers

Following the rough winter most of the country experienced early this year, coupled with higher mortgage rates, the housing industry


Realtors Expect Growth in Home Prices Over the Next Year

A recent Housing Wire article cited results from the May 2014 Realtors Confidence Index showing that members of the National


WoodWorks Accepting Nominations for 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks announced last week that it is now accepting nominations for the 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The national award


Residential Construction Spending Up From Last Year

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in the residential category increased by 7.5 percent


Housing Industry Sees Significant Jump

A new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) cited recent data that showed May 2014 posted the


New Home Sales Reach Highest Pace Since 2008

According to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), new single-family homes reached the highest rate


Builder Confidence Is Still Rising

The National Association of Home Builders’ most recent NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index increased four points, up to 49. The


Slow and Steady Wins the Race for Housing Comeback

The National Association of Home Builders and First American Title’s Leading Market Index (LMI) showed no increase in U.S. market


Spending in Multifamily Sector Growing Strong

According to recent U.S. Census Bureau data, total spending in the private residential construction sector rose to a seasonally adjusted

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