STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
May 7, 2008
IDEAS AT WORK
- Cold-Formed Steel – Well Positioned for the Changing Landscape of Green
  In September 1969, at a conference in Seattle, Wash., U.S. Sen. Gary Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment that was intended to thrust conservation and sustainability onto the national agenda. More
TOP STORIES
- Surveys Find Consumers More Upbeat About Home Buying
U.S. consumers remain relatively gloomy in their assessment of the state of the nation’s economy, according to a poll released on April 16 by Reuters/Zogby, but by a small majority they agree that now is a good time to buy a new home. More
- Housing Expert Sees Green Building As Growth Area
A housing industry expert told lawmakers recently that while home builders are suffering from the nation's current economic downturn and housing crisis, hope may be at hand in the form of energy efficient construction and green building. More
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InSync – With Green Building Standards Plan
Have you noticed? A lot of buildings are going “green,” and contractors want to present a “green” image when they bid on such projects. Should you market yourself as a “green” contracting firm? You better hold off. More
MARKETPLACE
- NAR Predicts Housing Upturn in Second Half of 2008
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said its index of pending home sales – which measures signed purchase agreements in the United States – fell 1.9 percent month-over-month, though recovery is possible in the second half of 2008. More
- Residential Market May Be Stablizing
February’s 1.0% fall in residential construction spending was the smallest in almost two years because of an outsized 11% month to month rise in remodeling spending. This is suspect. More
- Builder Confidence Remains Unchanged In April
Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes remained unchanged for a third consecutive month in April, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. More
- Steel Demand Remains Sturdy Thanks to Emerging Economies
World steel demand is expected to grow strongly this year, despite concerns about the performance of the US and European Union economies, according to the industry's world body. More
- High Steel Prices May Limit Opportunities For Construction Projects
PITTSBURGH - The pain of rising steel product prices could spark a shift to cheaper materials in construction projects, according to some sources. More
- New-Home Sales Plunge To Lowest Level In 16 1/2 Years
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sales of new homes plunged in March to the lowest level in 16 ½ years as housing slumped further at the start of the spring sales season. More
- Random Lengths Market Lumber Report
According to the Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, framing lumber prices stayed on a firm to higher track. More
- March 2008 Crude Steel Production
BRUSSELS — World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 119.5 million metric tons (mmt) in March. More
- March Imports Up 1.2% Vs. February
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 2,513,000 net tons (NT) of steel in March 2008, including 2,064,000 NT of finished steel (up 1 and 7 percent, respectively, vs. February final data). More
INDUSTRY WATCH
- SFA’s Fire & Acoustic Guide Now Includes More Than 220 Rated Assemblies
The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) recently announced that updates to its “A Guide to Fire and Acoustic Data for Steel Floor, Wall and Roof Assemblies” now also provide 20 rated assemblies for roofs and ceilings as well as Sound Transmission Class (STC) values for more than 90 assemblies lacking acoustic values in previous versions. More
- American Steel Industry Committed To A Sustainable Future
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) held an environmental briefing today on Capitol Hill, highlighting the industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint through research projects at universities around the country, and featuring a lead researcher who discussed one of the promising technologies currently being developed. More
- John H. McConnell, Steel Magnate/Worthington Industries Founder, Dies at 84
John H. McConnell, longtime steel industry magnate and founder of Worthington Industries in Columbus, Ohio, passed away on April 25, 2008. More
FROM THE FIELD
- Economic Conditions for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
While uneven across several industries, economic indicators for the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are showing some improvement. More
SFA NEWS
- SFA Presenting Education Session At NAHB Green Building Conference
In an effort to help builders and designers get the maximum advantage from steel framing and the new proposed National Green Building Standard™, the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) will deliver a presentation at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 10th annual Green Building conference in New Orleans this month. More
- SFA To Meet Steel Framing Training Request For Louisiana Building Officials
Following an overview of cold-formed steel presented this winter to the Building Officials Association of Louisiana (BOAL), the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) will provide an expanded training session at the association’s quarterly training meeting scheduled for May 15th. More
- Industry Experts To Judge First CFSEI Award For Innovative Design
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), technical institute of the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA), today announced the distinguished judging panel for the inaugural CFSEI Award for Innovative Design. All submissions are due by June 1st. More
- CFSEI Announces Board Of Directors Roster For 2008-2009
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) announced during its Annual Meeting last month the election of its 2008-2009 officers and newly elected directors. More
 
 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
May 11-13, 2008
Go Green: NAHB National Green Building Conference
New Orleans, LA More
 
 
May 13-17, 2008
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention
Boston, MA More
 
 
May 29, 2008
CFSEI Florida Chapter Dinner Meeting and Presentation on “Code of Standard Practice”
Orlando, FL More
 
 
June 3-5, 2008
2008 Commercial Construction Show
Boston, MASS More
 
 
June 19, 2008
CFSEI Atlanta/Southeast Chapter Meeting and Presentation on “It’s All Green. Are You?”
Atlanta, GA More
 
 
June 23-27, 2008
SkillsUSA National Competition
Kansas City, MO More
 
 


 
 


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