STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
July 1, 2009
TOP STORIES
- SSMA Kicks Off Code Compliance Certification Program
  The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA) Code Compliance Certification program kicked off July 1 at steel framing manufacturing plants across America. Initiated over one year ago and approved by SSMA members in October, the program officially began marking Code-Compliant Certified products this month. More
   
- New Publication Enhances Understanding of Shear Walls and the Latest Code Requirements
  The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute’s new Shear Wall Design Guide helps engineers, specifiers, and architects develop a better understanding of the latest code requirements with respect to lateral design using cold-formed steel framing, and in particular how shear wall applications can be incorporated into designs meeting the new codes. More
   
MARKETPLACE
- May Existing-Home Sales Continue Rising Trend
  WASHINGTON – Sales of existing homes showed another gain in May, benefiting from favorable affordability conditions and a first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. May’s increase was the first back-to-back monthly gain since September 2005. More
   
- Steelmakers Hold Fast, Await Stimulus Kick
  NEW YORK – North American and European steelmakers, many of then operating below 50 percent capacity, still await a boost from economic stimulus packages even as signs emerge that orders and prices are slowly picking up. More
   
- Climate Plan Faces Challenge After Narrow U.S. House Victory
  U.S. House Democrats cheered when they won a vote to impose the nation’s first limits on greenhouse-gas emissions. Senate Democrats didn’t join the party. More
   
- Hurricane Season Here Again: Update On Rebuilding Efforts In U.S. Gulf Coast
  NEW YORK – U.S. Steel said that it is considering a restart in production in at least one blast furnace is the United States as the company has seen a recent improvement in orders. More
   
- Developer makes the case for steel instead of wood
  A western Canadian developer wants builders who use wood to reconsider their choice. More
   
- Builder Caution Reflects Fragile Housing Market In June
  Indicating that single-family home builders remain cautious and concerned about the fragile state of today’s economy and housing market, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) declined one point to 15 in June. More
   
- Steel Cos Mixed About Futures Trading On Scrap, Other Steels
  NEW YORK – U.S. steelmakers were mixed about the World Steel Exchange's plans to launch new steel futures contracts with some saying they were opposed to futures in principle while others thought there was an important role for futures to play in the volatile steel industry. More
   
   
   

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
 

October 6-8, 2009
METALCON International
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October 11-13, 2009
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October 17-20, 2009
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