January 7, 2009
- CFSEI Develops Shear Wall Design Guide
  In continuing its efforts to promote the use of steel framing, the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), the technical council of the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) has developed another resource - the first CFSEI Design Guide: Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood Panel or Steel Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies (Shear Wall Design Guide). More
- Steelmakers Move Cautiously To Raise Prices, Reopen Mills
  In an early sign that some steel prices may have bottomed out, steelmakers in the U.S., China and some other countries are attempting limited price increases and reopening a handful of mills that were closed because of weak demand a few months ago. More
- Multifamily Is Bright Spot, Will Continue To Be In 2009
  Washington, D.C.--With the exception of the apartment rental market, which continues to benefit from weak home sales, all commercial real estate property types are showing grim results for 2008, with an equally grim forecast for 2009, according to the Commercial Real Estate Outlook of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). More
- Down But Not Out, Builders Press for Stimulus to Rally U.S. Economy
  In news media teleconferences around the country last week, NAHB leaders and members joined to convey the urgency of putting housing at the center of the economic stimulus plan that Congress is now rushing to put together so that it will be ready for enactment almost as soon as President Barack Obama is sworn into office on Jan. 20. More
- Steel Industry, in Slump, Looks to U.S. Stimulus
  The steel industry, having entered the recession in the best of health, is emerging as a leading indicator of what lies ahead. As steel production goes — and it is now in collapse — so will go the national economy. More
- How New Building Standards On Construction Site Waste Affect You
  Huskey Truss and Building Supply has gone green without changing a thing. How? By taking advantage of an important aspect of green construction: minimizing waste. More
- Developers Ask U.S. For Bailout As Massive Debt Looms
  With a record amount of commercial real-estate debt coming due, some of the country's biggest property developers have become the latest to go hat-in-hand to the government for assistance. More
- November 2008 Crude Steel Production
  Brussels - World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 89 million metric tons (mmt) in November. This is 19% lower than the same month last year. More
- November Imports Decline Vs. October
  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 2,241,000 net tons (NT) of steel in November 2008, including 2,058 ,000 NT of finished steel (down 28 percent and 17 percent, respectively, vs. October final data). More



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