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July 31, 2014

It’s no longer simply considered the right thing to do. With a greater number of consumers, builders and retailers reaching for green products, manufacturing with an eye toward the environment also makes great business sense. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the number of LEED-certified homes doubled globally between 2011 and 2012. Ranging from such simple fixes as energy-efficient light bulbs to advanced implements like an Energy Star-rated clothes dryer, here are 14 innovative products from the tree-hugging corner of the home-building industry.

July 9, 2014

Maumee, Ohio-based Therma-Tru Corp. primarily prides itself on being an industry game-changer. In 1982, the company introduced the market's first-ever fiberglass door, known in its official capacity as the Fiber-Classic.

People were surprised that the doors, with their polished, wood-grained appearance, were made with the materials that they were, remarks Deke Welles on the company website (Deke is the son of founder David Welles and the former president of Therma-Tru).

June 17, 2014

It's not yet clear whether concrete will become a bathroom trend mainstay in 2014, but one company is launching a new line of sinks that makes it all seem possible.

Native Trails has come up with a cement and jute fiber material called NativeStone, which resists staining and cracking while maintaining a cool, silky exterior. It also provides a lower price-point for customers who desire the look and feel of concrete but can't afford a custom project.

May 15, 2014

The makers of the MusselBound Adhesive Tile Mat announced the product is now at Lowe’s stores nationwide. 

The product, from Brewster, Massachusetts-based MusselBound, is for the contractor or DIY customer working on backsplash, countertop and shower wall projects. It’s described as an easily applied adhesive that can be affixed directly to drywall, cement board, plywood, old tile and existing laminate. 

April 11, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Distribution is buffing up its James Hardie fiber cement siding offerings at its St. Paul, Minn. location. 

The distribution center will now carry the full line of SKUs, which includes the addition of ColorPlus technology, a factory-applied finish that lasts up to two times longer and has 30% better fade resistance.

The full line includes HardiePlank siding, HardiePanel siding, HardieShingle siding, HardieSoffit panels, HardieTrim boards and HardieBacker cement board.

March 18, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based National Gypsum named Rod Lopez as the new market development representative for the PermaBase brand cement board product line in the company’s Midwest and Central areas. 

January 31, 2014

According to a new Freedonia Group study, U.S. demand for fiber cement products is expected to grow at an 8.5% annual rate, reaching 2.9 billion sq. ft. (valued at $2.2 billion) by 2017.

"Advances will be driven by a rebound in residential building construction spending, particularly in the new housing segment," explained Freedonia Group analyst Matt Zielenski. The study also highlights the role of fiber cement's "favorable aesthetic and performance properties."

January 20, 2014

The shoemaker of the FBI announced an expanded line of job-ready boots.

Portland, Ore.-based Magnum’s new “Work” collection consists of 6- and 8-in. lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons and mid and low hiker styles. 

The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles, Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options, which are all backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee. 

September 18, 2013

Vulcan Materials Company, a producer of construction aggregates, asphalt mix, concrete and cement, has commenced mine development at a major new source of reserves in California.

The Azusa Rock Quarry, located east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, contains over 100 million tons of quality granite aggregate, enough to help Vulcan supply California infrastructure projects for "decades to come," according to the company.

September 10, 2013

The boundaries of high-performance grout technology are widened with Fusion Pro™ Single Component Grout™, a major breakthrough in indoor, outdoor, commercial and residential grout performance due to its combination of the best benefits of cementitious and epoxy grouts into a singular solution.

September 3, 2013

Cemex has reached an agreement to acquire some of Holcim's assets for 70 million euros, a move aimed at strengthening the building materials company's footprint in Europe.

“When finalized, this will be an important strategic step that should allow Cemex to improve its footprint in Europe, and it will consolidate our portfolio in the continent,” said Lorenzo H. Zambrano, Chairman and CEO of Cemex.

Specifically, Cemex is set to acquire all of Holcim's assets in the Czech Republic, including a cement plant, four aggregates quarries and 17 ready-mix plants.

August 23, 2013

An extension of Custom Building Products’ RedGard® waterproofing brand product line, the RedGard® Fabric Membrane system is a waterproof and vapor-proof membrane for walls and floors. The easy to cut, hang and adjust fabric membrane installs over cement backerboards or gypsum wall boards to prepare showers, tub surrounds, walls and wet areas for tiling.

July 26, 2013

Solidia Technologies recently signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Rutgers University to complete its acquisition of a patented technology that eliminates roughly 70% of all carbon dioxide emissions in concrete and cement products.

May 15, 2013

Dallas-based building materials manufacturer and distributor Eagle Materials reported big sales and earnings gains for the fiscal year ended March 31.

The maker and distributor of cement, gypsum wallboard and other materials reported full year revenues of $642.6 million, an increase of 30%. Net earnings for the year were $57.7 million, up from $18.7 million a year ago.

April 17, 2013

CertainTeed is encouraging homeowners to grab their video cameras and document their wish lists for a dream outdoor living space.

February 21, 2013

An intelligent analysis of 2013 forecasts for the hardware and building material industries must begin with the recognition of a term that has entered the lexicon of economic forecasting and business predicting.

The term is "head fake."

September 27, 2012

Eagle Materials, a major cement and gypsum supplier, agreed to buy cement plants and a variety of related businesses from Lafarge North America.

The purchase price of $446 million is expected to be funded primarily by borrowings under Eagle’s existing bank credit facility, with the remainder funded by the proceeds of an equity offering, the company said.

August 9, 2012

Eagle Materials, producer of basic building products including cement and gypsum wallboard, reported sales of $154.0 million in the quarter ended June 30, up 29% from the same quarter last year.

The sales increase was driven primarily by increased wallboard average net sales prices and increased sales volumes for all of the company’s diversified businesses.

Net earnings for the quarter were $13.98 million, up from $807,000 in the prior-year quarter.

August 2, 2012

A new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year, attributing the boost to both changes in construction activity and the projected amount of cement used in future projects.

August 2, 2012

A new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year, attributing the boost to both changes in construction activity and the projected amount of cement used in future projects.

August 1, 2012

LEED v4, the proposed update to the nation’s most prevalent green building program, has been under intense pressure to change its current wood certification rating system, which only recognizes one set of standards, those of the Forest Stewardship Council. But the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees the LEED program and its current revision process, is now under fire for another part of the LEED update that has nothing to do with wood.

July 24, 2012

CertainTeed Corp. has announced a partnership with Custom Builders USA, a national industry buying consortium with more than 220 custom and independent builder members in 15 cities across the U.S.T he 12-month agreement provides CB/USA members with special programs and incentives for the entire line of CertainTeed WeatherBoards fiber cement siding products, including access to sales and business support.

May 16, 2012

Global building materials supplier Lafarge has appointed John Stull as president and CEO, United States, putting him in charge of all aggregate, cement and concrete operations in the United States.

The appointment now brings these Lafarge business lines in the United States together under a single leader, which the company said will focus its delivery on sustainable solutions to the construction industry.

March 19, 2012

KB Home is being sued by a group of homeowners in Cary, N.C., because it installed weather barriers behind fiber cement siding in some residential developments but not others, according to a case summary provided by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. 

A Business Court judge certified the lawsuit, describing the class as "all persons in the state of North Carolina who own a home that was constructed by KB Homes without a weather-restrictive barrier behind the exterior veneer of Hardiplank cement fiber lap siding."