February 5, 2008
 
IDEAS AT WORK
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Albert Einstein once observed that “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” And in the midst of today economic environment, this has never been more true. Today, steel framing offers a number of unique benefits that members can use to gain an advantage – even in a tough market.
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TOP STORIES
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Housing Market Gives Hints Of A Thaw
Now that mortgage interest rates are back to near record lows, about 1.5 percentage points lower than they were last summer, Susanne Cannon, director of the Real Estate Center at DePaul University, said the question becomes: At what point will the many buyers who have been waiting to buy a house because they want to see where the floor is, be compelled to act, thinking they are getting a price they can live with and a rate they do not want to miss? More
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Non-Residential US Construction Seen Up In '08-AIA
NEW YORK - Spending on U.S. non-residential construction projects will rise at a slower rate this year, as a credit crunch and a housing downturn stall expansion in the sector, an architects' trade group said on Wednesday. More
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NAHB Introduces Certified Green Professional Designation
Washington, DC - A new professional designation program from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will soon provide home buyers with additional assurance that the builder or remodeler they've chosen is authentically "green." More
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Steel May Feel Minimal Recession Fallout
PITTSBURGH -- Global and U.S. financial markets might be unraveling, but many steel industry observers insist that the fallout won't hurt North American steelmakers as much as previous economic downturns. More
 
MARKETPLACE
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Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
According to the Random Lengths, the weekly report on the North American wood products markets, the downward drift for wood construction prices continued unabated, and the bearish attitudes were reinforced with the December housing starts report and more troubling news in the financial markets. More
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Builders Slash Prices 10%, But Sales Fall Anyway
WASHINGTON - U.S. builders slashed prices by more than 10% in December in a failed bid to boost sales, which dropped about 5% to the lowest level in nearly 13 years, the Commerce Department reported Monday. More
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Full Year 2007 Steel Imports Were At Elevated Levels
Washington, D.C. - Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that steel import permit applications for the month of December 2007 totaled 2,107,000 net tons (NT). More
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Cities with Green Building Programs Have Increased More Than 400 Percent
Since 2003 the number of cities with green building programs has risen from 22 to 92 for an increase of 418 percent. More
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Raw Material ‘Inflation’ To Add Impetus To Steel Hikes: Timken
NEW YORK -- The rising costs of raw materials will keep showing up in steel product prices in 2008, but end-users in most industry segments are well positioned to absorb the increases, according to Ward Timken, chairman of Timken Co., Canton, Ohio. More
 
INDUSTRY WATCH
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Industry Pioneer Dies
Steel framing industry pioneer, Daniel Kingston “King” Cable, passed away at his home in Lakewood, California in the early morning hours of January 23, 2008. King was the founder and owner of Angeles Metal Systems which for almost 40 years made ground-breaking strides in technical services, market penetration and distribution. More
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SFA and Gallagher Investigating Comprehensive Professional Liability (E&O) Insurance Program
In today’s business environment it can be difficult to find Professional Liability (E&O) insurance that is affordable, and offers the desired amount of flexibility and coverage. More
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Steel Framing Alliance Releases New Guidelines In Latest Publication
The Washington-based Steel Framing Alliance has released a new publication that offers guidance to builders who are interested in using steel framing in their homes. More
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Steel Framing Meets Tests As A Sustainable Building Material
In a report to the United Nations nearly 20 years ago, sustainability was defined as “progress that serves the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (“Our Common Future,” Brundtland Commission to the United Nations, 1988) More
 
FROM THE FIELD
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SFA’s Targeted Marketing Efforts Gains Momentum
Over the past several months, the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) has made a much more deliberate and strategic effort to market the benefits of building with steel to those construction industry professionals who are building more mid-rise and low-rise multifamily projects. More
 
SFA NEWS
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The Formula for Success with Steel Framing at IBS 2008
Cold-formed steel is gaining market share across the country. Find out how to design, specify, and construct residential structures with steel, and how to market steel’s increased durability. More
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SFA to Sponsor Steel University in Alabama
Next month, the Steel Framing Alliance will sponsor an abbreviated version of its Steel University program for secondary and post-secondary SkillsUSA instructors in Birmingham, Ala. More
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Jay Larson Appointed as Managing Director, Construction Technical at AISI
Jay Larson, P.E., F.ASCE, of the Steel Framing Alliance’s (SFA) Research Team and Technology Development Committee, was recently promoted to Managing Director, Construction Technical, at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). More
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CFSEI Names New Manager Of Its Programs
The Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) announced today that the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), the technical arm of the SFA, has hired Brian Berger as its new full-time manager. More

 

 
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Phone 202.785.2022
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Feb. 13-16, 2008
National Association of Home Builders International Builder’s Show (IBS)
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. More
 
Feb. 15, 2008
“The Formula for Success with Steel Framing” at IBS,
8-9:30 a.m. West 314
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. More
 
Feb. 21, 2008
Steel University, 12:30-6 p.m., Resource Center for Technology, Mobile, Ala More
Feb. 24-26, 2008
Building Officials of Lousiana (BOAL) 8th Annual Conference. Holiday Inn Select Executive Cente, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, LA. More
 
March 5-9, 2008
ABC National Craft Championships
San Juan, Puerto Rico More
 
March 23-27, 2008
AWCI Annual Convention &
INTEX Expo
Paris/Bally’s Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV More


 
 


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