STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
June 4, 2008
IDEAS AT WORK
- Turning Point
  When I flipped the page on my calendar from 2007 to 2008 last January, I had every expectation that this would be an important year. But for entirely different reasons than the circumstances we face today. More
   
TOP STORIES
- It's Back To The Basics For U.S. Economy
  WASHINGTON — This is not your economy. It's not even your parents' economy. To a surprising degree, this is your great-grandparents' economy. More
   
- Home Sales Post Unexpected April Increase
  WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes rose in April for the first time in six months although the unexpected increase still left activity near the lowest level in 17 years. More
   
- Green Building A Plus For Builders In Tough Market
  Home builders attending the May 11-13 NAHB National Green Building Show in New Orleans were told by market analysts that they have a long way to go to sell the benefits of sustainable construction technologies to their prospective customers. More
   
- New Orleans Experiencing Boom In "Green Collar" Jobs
  Presenters at a Global Green forum on Wednesday night made the case that New Orleans has an unprecedented opportunity to create jobs in "green collar" industries, including building trades that focus on sustainable design and construction. More
   
   
MARKETPLACE
- Lumber Prices To Spike, But Not Until 2011
  If history can be used as a guideline to simulate the next housing “up-cycle,” then the prospects for huge price increases look very exciting! More
   
- More Big Changes Ahead Predicted For Green Building
  Peter Yost, a former member of the NAHB Research Center staff, told last week’s NAHB National Green Building Conference in New Orleans that he is surprised at how quickly green building has grown since the annual conference was inaugurated in Denver 10 years ago, a trend he said is linked to the skyrocketing cost of energy. More
   
- Traditional on the Outside, Innovative Inside
  Builders in New Orleans face more than the usual obstacles than those that confront the home building industry in other parts of the country. Labor and materials shortages combined with the devastated roads and other infrastructure in the wake of two 2005 hurricanes are just two of them. More
   
- Builder Confidence Edges Downward In May
  Home builders remained considerably downbeat as market conditions continued to erode in May, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. More
   
- Random Lengths Market Lumber Report
  Many framing lumber buyers stayed on the sidelines after Monday's U.S. holiday, and spurts of activity failed to develop any sustained momentum. More
   
- April 2008 Crude Steel Production
  BRUSSELS – World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 116.4 million metric tons (mmt) in April. This is 5.6% higher than the same month last year. More
   
- April Imports Up 15 Percent Vs. March
  Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,944,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April 2008, including 2,194,000 NT of finished steel (up 15 and 4 percent, respectively, vs. March final data). More
   
   
INDUSTRY WATCH
- Amid Slump, Nerves Of Steel
  Executives of U.S. steel-producing companies are maneuvering through challenges that might have panicked even the most hard-bitten 20th-century steel barons. More
   
- SSMA Launches Inspection Program
  The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association, Glen Ellyn, III., has made plans to develop a third-party inspection program, which will be implemented Jan. 1, 2009. More
   
- Steel Once Again A Hot Commodity
  The struggling economy hasn't prevented one part of the Rust Belt from looking like somebody gave it a good shining with a steel wool pad. More
   
- EPA and Partners Kick Off Green Building Design Challenge
  NEW YORK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners are calling on the nation’s architects, builders, students and others to participate in the second Lifecycle Building Challenge. More
   
   
FROM THE FIELD
- Activity in SFA Target Markets Continues as Concerns Over Rising Steel Prices Grows
  On the West Coast, there appears to be a slowdown in some segments of the non-residential construction market, specifically in shopping malls and office buildings where an oversupply exists after a period of intensive construction. More
   
   
  SFA NEWS
- SFA Makes Important Advances in Promoting Steel as the “Right” Material for the Gulf Coast
  In conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 10th annual Green Building conference in New Orleans May 11-13, the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) capitalized on several opportunities to reach key target audiences in promoting cold-formed steel as a sustainable building material for rebuilding the Gulf Coast region. More
   
- CFSEI West Chapter Launches in June With Seminars on Recent California Code Changes
  Engineers in the western United States will finally be able to take advantage of programming locally that focuses specifically on the structural design of safe and cost-effective cold-formed steel-framed structures with the launch next month of the West chapter of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI). More
 
 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
June 3-5, 2008
2008 Commercial Construction Show
Boston, MASS More
 
 
June 17, 2008
CFSEI West Chapter
Meeting and Presentation on “Changes from the 1997 UBC to the 2006 IBC for Lateral Design with Cold-Formed Steel"
San Diego, CA More
 
 
June 18, 2008
CFSEI West Chapter
Meeting and Presentation on “Changes from the 1997 UBC to the 2006 IBC for Lateral Design with Cold-Formed Steel"
Los Angeles/Orange Co., CA More
 
 
June 19, 2008
CFSEI West Chapter
Meeting and Presentation on “Changes from the 1997 UBC to the 2006 IBC for Lateral Design with Cold-Formed Steel"
San Francisco, CA 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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