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March 3, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Feb. 28, 2014

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

February 27, 2014

KB Home unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles Wednesday, part of a new, larger series of homes designed to achieve net-zero energy status and zero freshwater irrigation use (by a family of four or more).

January 6, 2014

Marley Building Supply in Brooklyn, N.Y., erupted into flames over the weekend, and local news accounts described plumes of smoke that reached hundreds of feet into the cold night sky. 

December 26, 2013

Bona US donated more than $100,000 in 2013 to a number of charitable organizations, including Colorado flood relief efforts, NBA Cares, CASA (as part of the company's Mission Fund), Colorado Gives Day and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

December 18, 2013

Pearl River, N.Y.-based Hunter Douglas, manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions, announced that it has donated a total of $200,000 to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization, to help all those in need following Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines last month.

December 15, 2013

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Dec. 13, 2013

*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.

December 10, 2013

Weather typically becomes a greater consideration around this time of the year in wood products markets. From snowfall in the Northeast and Midwest to rains in the Southeast, their impact on both production and demand can be significant. The following is what some weather forecasters are expecting this winter.

December 6, 2013

Like most buildings and structures in the Philippines city of Tacloban, the mall housing Handyman’s -- a Do it Best Corp. member -- suffered significant damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The mall’s roof was partially ripped away and its windows completely destroyed, allowing mud and rain to pour into the shopping center. To make matters worse, the city of Tacloban is still without power, making any efforts to clean up and re-open very difficult. Officials there expect it to take up to six months for the store to re-open in full.

December 2, 2013

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Nov. 27, 2013

November 15, 2013

Custom window coverings manufacturer Hunter Douglas has donated $350,000 to two nonprofits working to help those affected by the recent flooding in Colorado: Foothills Flood Relief Fund, a nonprofit run by Foothills United Way, and veteran service organization Team Rubicon.

President and CEO Mary Hopkins presented the donations to United Way president and CEO Mimi Vilord and Team Rubicon co-founder William McNulty at Hunter Douglas' Pearl River headquarters.

November 14, 2013

Eco Red Shield protected lumber has been selected as the lumber of choice in the construction of new modular homes for New Jersey's Hurricane Sandy rebuild.

According to parent company Eco Building Products, a total of 75 modular homes by Statewide Custom Modular Homes are under contract to be constructed using Eco Red Shield; seven of which have aleady been ordered by Statewide president Bruce Goodstein.

October 18, 2013

Button up your coat.

According to data gathered by Weather Trends International, provider of long-range weather guidance and sales analytics for businesses, much of the United States will trend colder than last year.

Things will likely get much wetter, also, across the South and East, according to the data.

Some temperature trends, meanwhile, are likely to depend on the time of day. Nighttime temperatures in the East are expected to run above normal levels, while daytime temperatures will be closer to normal, or even below normal trends.

October 7, 2013

The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is granting $500,000 to the First Response Team of America, a nonprofit disaster response organization.

September 16, 2013

Eco Building Products, Inc. is shipping another whole-house defensive house pack to Julie Kellner, who lost her home in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., during Hurricane Sandy.

The pre-cut house comes with roof and floor trusses and will be the first Eco Red Shield home constructed in the region as part of the rebuilding effort.

August 20, 2013

Josh Duhamel, an actor best known for his role in ABC's All My Children and the Transformers movie series, recently teamed up with Valspar Paint to launch Valspar Hands & Hearts for Habitat.

Valspar Hands & Hearts for Habitat will auction off celebrity handprints created with Valspar Paint and benefits Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Response Program.

July 30, 2013

This year has been a cautiously optimistic one for the housing industry in general, and some predict an even more dramatic recovery for the windows and doors market. "World Windows & Doors," a Freedonia Group study published in June, expects global demand for windows and doors to reach $223 billion in annual revenue by 2017.

July 30, 2013

Weather's impact on sales cannot be denied, but one of the principles of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Weather Trends International (WTI) is that retailers must concern themselves not so much with the actual weather forecast, but rather the change in the weather compared with the previous year.

Looking into August, Weather Trends is predicting heat.

June 19, 2013

Temperatures in July 2013 will be much cooler than last year across the North Central United States, and retailers are going to feel the impact.

That's part of the forecast from Bethlehem, Pa.-based Weather Trends International.

While temperatures frequently crested the 100-degree mark last year, temperatures will be even warmer than last year in the South and along the West Coast.

In the East Coast, residents can expect weather that's warmer than normal, but cooler than a year ago, according to the Weather Trends forecast.

June 18, 2013

Eco Building Products has sold another full house package of its Eco Red Shield protected lumber to TR Wurster Construction Inc. for a high-end custom project in Beverly Hills. Eco Red Shield is the standard in TR Wurster's projects, and it is positioning itself to gradually replace high-risk lumber in regions of the country that are particularly vulnerable to fire and mold.

Eco Red Shield Lumber is a treated wood product with a Fire Retardant Coating and added protection against mold, fungus, rot and termites.

June 14, 2013

With hurricane season officially starting June 1, 2013, now is the time to make important decisions to help keep your family, business and property safe.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic hurricane season outlook, there is a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 of which could become hurricanes and three to six potential major hurricanes. This forecast exceeds the seasonal average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

May 30, 2013

The Home Depot has announced a single-day effort to prepare residents in storm-prone regions for the upcoming hurricane season. On Saturday, July 27, the retailer will host Hurricane Preparedness Workshops at more than 700 of its stores from the Gulf Coast to New England. 

Workshop leaders will cover hurricane readiness topics, including storm-prep projects, generator safety, sizing generators for specific home or business needs, and assembling disaster preparedness kits.

May 28, 2013

The ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Spring Lake, N.J., boardwalk included Spring Lake Mayor Jennifer Naughton at Pier Beach and council members holding signs saying: "Spring Lake: Stronger Than the Storm."

Mayor Naughton thanked city workers for bringing the Hurricane Sandy-battered boardwalk back to the community ahead of schedule. 

The Spring Lake boardwalk was rebuilt using TimberTech, a splinter-free, low-maintenance, composite decking. 

March 15, 2013

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeastern part of the United States, the level of damage was clearly devastating. It was the start of a tremendously difficult time for many residents of this highly populous region. When bad things happen, a silver lining often emerges. In this case, that is a positive impact on the home improvement industry.

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