How the Construction Industry Has Changed Recently

November 29, 2013

The construction industry is changing in what consumers are looking for; the green building movement is gaining momentum as people are exploring ways to use eco-friendly materials and alternatives to new builds. Many urban areas are using innovative ways to create homes and buildings suitable for new businesses by using already existing structures, giving clients

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Introducing Duralife Siesta Hardwood Blends Decking

April 20, 2011

Do you want the look of tropical hardwoods, but the low maintenance of a composite deck?  Gaf has the solution for you!   DuraLife’s New Hardwood Decking boards offer the beauty of finished tropical hardwood. They come in four natural, easy- to-maintain earth tones, Brazilian Cherry, Garapa Gray, Golden Teak, and Tropical Walnut. The Siesta

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What is the Right Screw for Your Project?

April 16, 2011

Knowing what screw to use for your specific project can cut cost, minimize the need for renovations and improve durability and longevity in your structure. Machine Screws are threaded along the entire shaft and can be used in conjunction with a nut. Machine Screws work best in pre-drilled holes since they do not create their

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LEED Certified Building Increases

April 14, 2011

Schutte Lumber provides builders with FSC certified lumber. These products are a great foundation for those aiming to meet LEED certification. The number of LEED certified homes has reach 10,000—a remarkable milestone—but more can be done to make our nation greener. American buildings are the cause of 39% of CO2 emissions. They use 40% of

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FSC Socially Responsible Forestry, Pt. 2

April 2, 2011

The FSC aims to practice sustainable, socially responsible forestry practices. In our last post we explored FSC policies for forest communities. Now, let’s take a look at the FSC’s efforts to support and protect forest workers’ rights. For FSC wood to become certified, the conditions of the workers who harvest the product must be in

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FSC Socially Responsible Forestry, Pt. 1

March 31, 2011

The FSC takes many factors into consideration before certifying any type of lumber with its seal. One such factor includes policies that are respectful toward the indigenous communities who inhabit the land where the lumber is being harvested. The FSC provides policy guidance that interprets the national and sub-national standards in simplified terms. These help

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Better Building Initiative Includes Sustainable Forestry

February 24, 2011

Recently, President Obama announced his Better Building Initiative, which is a plan meant to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The Initiative’s goal is to reach a 20% improvement by 2020, which would save $40 billion a year! Part of the program includes a Race to Green program, encouraging building code reformation for states and

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Local Architects Discuss Green Building and Home Design

January 16, 2011

In December the Build Green Council of the Kansas City Home Builders Association recently hosted a panel of several of the area’s leading architects to share their views on green building and home design as it stands today. One of the panelists, Wolfgang Trost (left), is the architect behind the 2010 Kansas City Homes &

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Top Ideas from Greenbuild Expo 2010

November 26, 2010

Last week’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in Chicago showcased some great ideas coming out of the green building industry. Are you looking for more ways to go green? Check out some of these green building ideas discussed at Greenbuild 2010: Daylighting or harnessing the light generated by the sun as a light source

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5 I-Joist Builder Tips

November 17, 2010

The Engineered Wood Association recently updated 5 of its I-Joist builder tips, which discuss common applications of the prefabricated engineered wood product, and all are available for free download. Click on the links below to download the new tips, which include: “explanations and installation details for the two types of I-Joist web stiffeners: bearing stiffeners

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