STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
April 1, 2009
TOP STORY
- Steel Framing Conference Offers an Opportunity for Growth in Residential and Mid-Rise Construction
  Lower insurance rates, termite resistance, improved performance during high wind and seismic events, and reduced cycle time are some of the many advantages cold-formed steel offers over competing materials in the mid-rise and residential markets. Part of our industry’s challenge is to train engineers, architects, code officials, and other construction professionals on these advantages, especially for key market segments that offer significant growth potential. More
   
MARKETPLACE
- Lumber Markets Expected To Reach Historic Low Before Starting Slow Recovery In 2010
  Portland, Ore.-- Demand for lumber in the U.S. in 2009 will slide to the lowest level in modern history, then move toward a slow recovery starting next year, according to a new forecast issued by Western Wood Products Association. More
   
- Cap And Trade War
  One of President Obama's applause lines is that his climate tax policies will create new green jobs "that can't be outsourced." But if that's true, why is his main energy adviser floating a new carbon tariff on imports? Welcome to the coming cap and trade war. More
   
- New-Home Sales Turn Upward In February
  Providing a welcome glimmer of hope that potential home buyers are starting to return to the market, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose for the first time in seven months this February, according to Commerce Department figures released today. The report showed a 4.7 percent gain in new-home sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 337,000 units in February, along with upwardly revised figures for each of the previous three months. More
   
- Steel Company Shares Rise On Positive Economic Signs
  NEW YORK – Shares in U.S. steel companies rose on Thursday, a result of positive signs of economic recovery in the United States, analysts said. More
   
- China Environmental Practices Cast Pall on Climate Issue
  WASHINGTON – With China now among the world’s leading polluters, a real climate change solution can not be achieved unless the Administration and Congress hold China accountable for its reckless environmental practices. A new report provides the most in-depth and detailed examination to date of the serious flaws in China’s pollution-control regime and the damage it is doing to human health and global efforts to address climate change. More
   
- Signs of life seen in steel
  HAMMOND – Steel production currently is the lowest it's been since the Great Depression, yet there are still enough signs of life in the economy that indicate the United States will survive "The Great Recession." More
   
- Making credit good again
  In this recession, we seek the boogeyman. If we can identify a villain, the recourse is simple: Slay it (or neutralize it or bail it out). Identify the problem; find the solution. The search has centered on the credit industry, the vast network of lenders eager to loan Americans money. In the housing sector, an explosion of subprime lenders gave borrowers deals that were truly too good to be true, trapping them in impossible loans. In the retail sector, credit card vendors flooded mailboxes, offering easy entree to the good life broadcast on nightly commercials. From one vantage, the credit industry is to blame for our economic woes. More
   
   

 

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NEW MEMBERS
- Asterisk Consulting Inc.
San Francisco, CA
- Bob D. Campbell & Co., Inc.
Kansas City, MO
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BSE Structural Engineers
Lenexa, KS
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Clinton Woodward – NMSU
Las Cruces, NM
- Cornerstone Marketing Grp
Delta, BC
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Draper Aden Associates
Richmond, VA
- ISAT
Fremont, CA
- James Williams
Webster, TX
- Key Architecture
Rohnert Park, CA
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Keller, TX
- Private Design Professional
Chestertown, MD
- R4 Engineering, PLLC
Lebanon, TN
- Rentz Engineering Design
Waycross, GA
- Stanley-Bostitch
East Greenwich, RI
- TLCP Structural
Phoenix, AZ
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
April 20, 2009
Construction Solutions with Cold-formed Steel, Structural Engineers Coalition of Connecticut Cromwell, CT More
 
 

April 21, 2009
Construction Solutions with Cold-formed Steel, Structural Engineers Association of Massachusetts

 
 

April 22-23, 2009
Steel Doing it Right
Buffalo, NY More

 
 

May 8-10, 2009
National Home Builders Association Green Building Conference - The Green of Green Dallas, TX More

 
 

May 20-21, 2009
California Steel Framing Forum and 2009 CFSEI Annual Conference Anaheim, CA More

 

 


 
 


 
 


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