Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Residential Construction Spending Is Rising, Hooray (For Now).

Recently new data was released by the NAHB that points towards the continuation of the increase in residential home building. Constructing spending rose in August, which is reflected in the consistent upward trend in spending since the post-recession trough.

In all, single-family housing spending has risen 14% in the last year, while multi-family housing spending is up over 25% in the last year. Unfortunately the rate of change of multifamily spending is declining, so multifamily housing construction is beginning to cool off. However, single-family spending is accelerating, and may be able rise enough to cover some of the gap in spending between the two.

If you're interested in follow market trends in building, I highly recommend checking up on the NAHB's Eye on Housing page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cross-Laminated Timber, A New Building Trend On The Rise

Last Thursday news broke that America's first two cross-laminated timber low-rise buildings were set to break ground. These tall wood buildings in New York and Portland, Oregon are primed to set the future trend of using cross-laminated timber (CLT) in residential and mixed use projects.

The Framework Building, soon to be built in Portland
CLTs are solid wood-based structural panels created from dimensional lumber stacked at right angles, in multiple layers. Once stacked, the wood is put under pressure and bonded with an adhesive. CLTs can be produced one foot thick, and up to 40 feet long. CLT technology is currently being used in Europe and Canada to produce structures ranging from six to 14 stories tall.

Cross-Laminated Timber
The rising popularity of CLTs is a big deal because they often allow faster and cheaper construction than commonplace steel and concrete counterparts. Furthermore, many argue that CLTs are a more environmentally friendly building material; as the wood can be sustainably sourced and the timber absorbs carbon through its life cycle. Additionally, the burgeoning rise of mass timber has already sparked the development of multiple CLT plants in Oregon and Montana, which advocates point at as evidence supporting CLTs as job-creating.

Ground floor of the Framework Building
However, the regulations surrounding CLTs are still very complex and burdensome to navigate. This is the biggest reason CLTs have not yet become commonplace in the United States. The CLT projects in Portland and New York only became feasible upon receiving a $1.5 million grant to allow them to work through the evolving set of mass timber regulations. As these trailblazing projects progress, expect to see more CLT plans announced.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Green Building Jobs Are On The Rise

According to a new article published by Houston online newspaper Chron, Green Building jobs are growing faster than construction jobs in any other sector.

Overall, green building jobs now account for more than one-third of all building jobs, a proportion that's set only to continue rising.

Green projects like this now account for an increasing percentage of all projects

To cash in on green building, we offer an array of environmentally friendly surface protection products, all of which can be seen on our website here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Press Release Is Now Posted

To finally end our ongoing SEO efforts in terms of getting our new catalog noticed, we've published a press release detailing our catalog's release. To take a look at it visit our press releases page on our main website.

To request a hard copy of our catalog, follow this link and we'll send one to you straight away. It features all sorts of new stuff, and the resolution on the hard copy is a whole lot better than on the one availible online.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We've Just Submitted A New Article

We've covered the topic of poor indoor air quality on our E-Zine page. Take a look following the link below.

The Overlooked Importance of Indoor Air Quality: http://EzineArticles.com/9152929

Monday, August 24, 2015

Our New Catalog Is Now Available For Download On Our Website

Our latest catalog is now on offer online. While we're still waiting for our hard copies to arrive at the office, help yourself to as many digital copies of the catalog as you can download

Among the products now in the catalog, we've got:
-Edge and Mullion Protection
-Kraft Scrim Paper
-Poly Grabber dust control clips
-ZipDoor dust control for standard and commercial doorways
-Safety Boot temporary safety guardrail mounts
-Ram Board Trash Box
-Quikpad Elevator Pads
and an assortment of moving supplies

We're still finalizing a few surface protection products not yet on our webpage, so I can't link to them just yet, but they'll be up very soon. 

To request a new paper catalog, plase visit this page of our website, and we'll send one your way once we get them in hand. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

We've Got A New Product to Offer

The first of our many new products is up and running on our website! We're happy to now offer Safety Boot Rail Protection.

Safety Boot system comprises of the yellow pieces mounted to the stairs
The new rail protection allows contractors to create free-standing OSHA compliant guardrails for perimeter protection. Safety Boot is an easy-to-use anchor that allows for wood 2" in thickness to be quickly constructed into a handrail system. Safety Boot can be drilled into concrete as well, making it ideal for commercial builders, too.
All of this prevents workers, customers, and any others on-site from taking a nasty fall. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is being sued into oblivion or getting stuck with obnoxious worker's comp hassles and lost man-hours, just get a Safety Boot.

As always, if you have any questions about surface protection, email us at sales@buildsitepro.com, call us at (541) 633-7793, or visit our website www.buildsitepro.com