April 2, 2008
- Defending Our Turf: Steel's Role in Green Building
  While the explosion of the green building movement is rapidly re-shaping important aspects of the construction industry, these changes also offer opportunities for the steel framing industry and members who are informed, aware and, most importantly, involved. More
- Builders Report Increase In Traffic And Sales In Recent Weeks
The home building industry as a whole may be months away from recovery from its most serious downturn in recent history, but in recent weeks, many builders are experiencing an emotion they haven't felt in quite some time-optimism. More
- Maximize Your ROI: How Steel Framing And Insurance Can Lead To Construction Cost Savings
During the past five years, it has been tough to hold the line on construction costs, and unfortunately relief appears to be nowhere in sight for 2008. More
- Builder Confidence Remains Unchanged In March
Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes remained unchanged in March, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). More
- New-Home Sales Show Market Still In A Slump
Sales of new homes and durable goods fell in February, underlining the continued weakness of the housing market and manufacturers' growing concerns about the economy. More
- Random Lengths Market Lumber Report
According to the Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, framing lumber prices were mixed, with weather and production levels the dominant factors driving regional trends. More
- February 2008 Crude Steel Production
Brussels - World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 107 million metric tons (mmt) in February. More
- February Imports Down 8% Versus January
Washington, D.C. – Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,458,000 net tons (NT) of steel in February 2008, including 1,905,000 NT of finished steel (down 8 and 14 percent, respectively, vs. January final data). More
- The Essential Element: Is Zinc Finally Catching On In The American Building Industry?
Zinc is an essential part of our environment. It's in the rocks, soil and water. More
- Fire Victims At Home With Steel Framing
When Dave Aguilar got a second chance to build his family's dream house after the 2003 Cedar fire swept through their Blossom Valley neighborhood, he and his wife, Nanci, decided to take a step they had considered and rejected the first time: They built the home with steel framing instead of wood. More
- Top 10 Green Things About Steel
Not many people realize that steel is a green building material. This is the reason steel is a popular material for green buildings. It addresses the challenge of rising oil prices and the need to deal with climate change. More
- SSMA Launches Third-Party Steel Framing Certification Program
LAS VEGAS, NV - The membership of the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association voted unanimously March 26th to instruct its Board of Directors and Technical Committee to develop a third-party certification program to be implemented Jan. 1, 2009. More
- PCA New Standard on Concrete Walls Published
SKOKIE, ILL. - "Prescriptive Design on Exterior Concrete Walls for One- and Two-Family Dwellings," a new PCA Standard, has been expanded to include prescriptive details for connections between concrete walls and floor and roof systems of cold-formed steel framing. More
- Assisted Living Projects Continue to Show Strong Growth in Greater Toronto Area
For the past decade, and especially during the last five years, assisted living projects have been going up all over the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). More
- Steel-Doing It Right Scheduled for April 30-May 2
If you want to be ahead of the game when it comes to cold-formed steel, a few slots are still open to register for Steel-Doing It Right taking place in Charlotte, N.C., later this month. More
- Going Green with Steel Framing Education Session
The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) is set to present “Going Green with Steel Framing” at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Conference™ next month. More



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April 30-May 2, 2008
Steel-Doing It Right
Charlotte, NC More
May 11-13, 2008
NAHB National Building Conference
New Orleans, LA More
May 13-17, 2008
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention
Boston, MA More


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