Building Materials

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June 06, 2016

Making the most of innovations in energy efficiency demands a technical understanding of the whys and hows behind the codes themselves. Here’s how to bone up on what your code official will be looking for 

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

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May 23, 2016

Bamboo has multiple benefits, including seismic resiliency. Bamboo structures often fared better in earthquakes than buildings made from conventional construction material such as concrete.

May 07, 2016

The updated rule reduces the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an eight-hour shift.

APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

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March 21, 2016

The guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. 

November 09, 2015
New beach home in Avalon, New Jersey

New beach home in Avalon, New Jersey. Photo: Darrenn Williams/Wikimedia Commons

September 17, 2015

Builders, architects, and designers share what they want from new products, sales pitches, and manufacturer relationships

The most popular brands for builders

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August 14, 2015

For decades, Home Innovation Research Labs has been polling builders nationwide about which products they most rely upon. Now, the results are available to you.


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