Industry News

Softwood lumber outlook for 2018 shaped by wildfires, tariffs

January 12, 2018

From NCMA's eNews January 11, 2018 Softwood lumber prices closed out the year at or near record highs in most areas of the country — making the average Random Lengths Composite Price for 2017 the highest in 20 years. “Prices surged early in the year due to the arbitrary tariffs levied on softwood lumber imports from…
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After London tower fire, group develops risk assessment tool

January 12, 2018

From NCMA's eNews January 11, 2018 Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly-clad buildings around the world, a The National Association of State Fire Marshalls Research Foundation has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer. The NAFSM Foundation says its free risk evaluation tool will be available on…
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US sets new cost record for major disasters

January 12, 2018

From NCMA's eNews January 11, 2018 Hurricanes and wildfires drove record breaking costs in weather and climate change-related disasters in the United States in 2017. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Center for Environmental Information released this week reported 16 disasters that cost more than $1 billion each, totaling $306 billion. The total…
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Concrete Masonry offers fire, seismic and blast protection

January 8, 2018

From NCMA's eNews January 4, 2018 Seeking a 50-year life expectancy, along with a requirement for low-maintenance building materials and structures on base, the Department of Defense relies on loadbearing masonry envelopes for the new buildings on the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton, CA. And with tight site restrictions, the concrete masonry helps reduce…
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