September 3, 2008
- SFA Celebrates Its Tenth Year In Advancing The Use Of Steel Framing
  The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA), a trade group founded 10 years ago to promote the use of steel framing in residential and commercial construction, will hold a “10th Anniversary Dinner” celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2008, in Baltimore, Md. More
- Multifamily Builders Choose To Build Green
  More of the nation’s apartments and condos are going green as multifamily builders and developers respond to growing consumer interest in sustainable building practices, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). More
- New-Home Sales In U.S. Increase From 17-Year Low
  New-home sales in the U.S. improved in July from a 17-year low and construction cutbacks by builders reduced the glut of properties on the market by the most in almost five decades. More
- Green Home Building Market Expected To Double By 2012
  Market research from McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, reports that the green home building market has “tipped” and is expected to double by 2012. More
- Builder Confidence Holds Steady In August
  Anticipating positive impacts of newly enacted housing stimulus legislation, single-family home builders registered some improvement in their outlook for home sales in the next six months, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, released today. More
- Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
  Trading in framing lumber quieted compared with the previous week as buyers digested recent purchases, and secondaries pushed to pare their inventories before the long holiday weekend. More
- July 2008 Crude Steel Production
  BRUSSELS - World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was 117.2 million metric tons (mmt) in July. This is 6.2% higher than the same month last year. More
- July Imports Up 4 Percent Vs. June
  Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 2,842,000 net tons (NT) of steel in July 2008, including 2,177,000 NT of finished steel (up 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively, vs. June final data). More
- First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Will Help Stimulate Housing Market
  The nation’s home builders are confident that a new temporary $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers included in a landmark housing bill enacted into law last week will get buyers back into the marketplace and help end the current cyclical downturn in the housing industry. More
- Housing Collapse Ahead? Not According To The Data
  Turmoil in the housing market has led to fears that home prices will drop precipitously, particularly if foreclosures force large numbers of homes onto the market in the coming year. More
- Apply for NAHB SAFE Award by Oct. 13
  Applications for the 2008 NAHB Safety Award For Excellence (SAFE), which provides recognition for home builders who develop outstanding work-site safety programs, are due by Oct. 13. More
- Steel Framing Alliance Head Accepts Post At IISI
  The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) today announced that Larry W. Williams has resigned as president of the SFA, and will leave the organization on Monday, September 1, 2008 in order to join the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) in Brussels, Belgium, as General Manager, Market Development and Sustainability. More
- AISI Announces The Establishment Of The Steel Market Development Institute
  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced today the establishment of the AISI Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) with the mission “to advance the competitive use of steel through a market-driven strategy that promotes cost effective steel based solutions.” More
- Storm Damage Mitigation May Lead to Discounts for La. Homeowners
  Insurance premium discounts are available in 2008 to homeowners in Louisiana who build or retrofit a structure to comply with the requirements of the State Uniform Construction Code, install damage mitigation improvements, or retrofit their property utilizing construction techniques demonstrated to reduce the amount of loss from a windstorm or hurricane. More
- The Popularity of Multifamily Housing Increases in Canada
  As mortgage carrying costs have moved higher, less expensive multifamily housing (row, semi-detached, and apartment units) has increased in popularity relative to single detached housing. More
- California Hotel Development Grows Despite Economy
  The slowing economy is not deterring bullish hotel developers in California, according to a new study of the state's year-to-date hotel development trends. More
- SFA Continues Steel Framing Training For Building Officials in the Gulf Coast
  At the request of the Code Officials Association of Alabama (COAA), the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) will sponsor “Design and Inspection of Cold-Formed Steel Structures” from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 as part of the association’s annual Education Conference and Vendors Show. More
- SFA Sponsoring Ten Education Sessions at METALCON International
  Once again, the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) will be sponsoring 10 education sessions at METALCON International, including a full-day seminar on “Integrating Cold-Formed Steel Into Your Mid-Rise Load-Bearing Projects” that is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More
- One Year Later, Fire and Acoustic Task Group Producing Important Resources for Cold-Formed Steel Engineers
  Last fall, months of preparation paved the way for the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute’s (CFSEI) formal re-launch of the Fire and Acoustic Task Group at METALCON International in Las Vegas. More



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September 25, 2008
“It’s All Green. Are you?: LEED, the New National Green Building Standard and Green Globes” to be presented by Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP and SFA Director of Education and Sustainable Construction
Florida CFSEI chapter meeting
6 p.m.
Orlando, Florida
October 1, 2008
Steel Framing Alliance 10th Anniversary Dinner
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

October 1-3, 2008
METALCON International
Baltimore, Maryland


October 14-15, 2008
19th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
1 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO More


November 19-20, 2008
STEEL Doing It Right – Southern California
Carpenters Local #2361
1916 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA More




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