November 5, 2008
- Building Code Update - How To Deal With Recent Changes
  Imagine the following scenario.

The drywall crew arrives at your construction site to begin work. The crew leader asks you how to screw their drywall through the two inches of foam insulation that someone has hung on the bottom chord of your trusses. Similarly, the siding crew is in panic over the fact that their screws are not long enough to go through a layer of foam insulation and structural sheathing before hitting a stud.

Sounds familiar? Such a scenario unfolds a chain of other events. More

- September New Home Sales Rise By 2.7 Percent
  WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes recorded an unexpected increase in September as median home prices dropped to the lowest level in four years, the Commerce Department reported Monday. More
- Construction Spending Falls Less Than Expected
  WASHINGTON — Construction spending fell by a smaller-than-expected amount in September as a rebound in nonresidential activity helped offset further weakness in home building. More
- Builder Sentiment Retreats In October
  Reflecting profound uncertainties tied to the financial market shocks of recent weeks, builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes receded to a new record low this month. More
- September 2008 Crude Steel Production
  Brussels – World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 108.4 million metric tons (mmt) in September. This is 3.2% lower than the same month last year. More
- September Imports Up 15 Percent Vs. August
  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 2,921 ,000 net tons (NT) of steel in September 2008, including 2,428,000 NT of finished steel (up 15 percent and 18 percent, respectively, vs. August final data). More
- Steel Turning Green Will Mean Industry Gold, Executive Says
  CHICAGO - A national push toward green technology and energy independence could be a boon to the U.S. steel industry. More
- AISI Announces The Establishment Of The AISI Standards Council
  Washington, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced today the establishment of the AISI Standards Council. This new organizational structure, which was formally approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will consolidate the leadership and administrative functions of the formerly separate Executive Subcommittees of the AISI Committee on Specifications and AISI Committee on Framing Standards. More



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November 19, 2008
CFSEI Atlanta/Southeast Chapter
Cold-Formed Steel 101 : The cold-formed steel facts and maybe a few myths Presentation
Marietta, GA More

November 19, 2008
CFSEI West Chapter
Fire & Acoustic Design Guide Presentation
LA/Orange, CA More


November 19, 2008
CFSEI West Chapter
Fire & Acoustic Design Guide Presentation
Las Vegas, NV More


November 19-21, 2008
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA More





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