More stories about Lumberyards

  • Structural steel framing and precast concrete panels

    As the general manager of a custom home builder in Orlando, Fla., Mike Williams is very familiar with concrete and steel as building materials. His usual routine, as it is for most Gulf Coast builders, is to construct a first level of masonry block over a concrete slab foundation and then top that...

  • Non-traditional structural materials are gaining favor

    Don Ferrier is your customer, even though he doesn't buy the bulk of his framing lumber from you anymore. In fact, except for what he needs for interior walls, Ferrier doesn't buy framing lumber at all. For the envelopes of the half-dozen custom homes he builds every year in the Fort Worth, Texas...

  • Building Green Easier Than You Think

    Imagine Homes doesn't build houses like they once were built. But this doesn't mean the company is forsaking the traditional home construction ideals of care and craftsmanship. It just means Imagine is building homes with an eye toward site sensitivity, energy and water efficiency, and indoor air...

  • Green Building Tips and Trends

    Every year the conversation about going green advances and green home building programs spread throughout the country. In the 2006 PROSALES 100 alone, 50% of dealers indicated they promote or sell green building products.

  • Frugal House Framing

    Carpenters love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

  • Suppliers start to hear as more builders adopt earth-friendlier building and neighborhood initiatives

    WCI Communities would never ask a supplier to create a one-off specialty product for its “green” communities and homes, says Ric Rojas, the Florida-based company's vice president of supply-chain management. “As the cost keeper of the company, I don't want them to invent a new product line that will...

  • Green products are being demanded by Builder.

    Though there are relatively few builders that are currently on the leading edge of sustainable building, the rest of the industry is closing in fast.

  • Green Building Conference

    The 2005 Green Building Conference showcased the many faces—and dispelled many of the myths—of sustainable building.

  • Sustainable Building

    Thousands of builders have adopted at least some of the tenets and products of sustainable building, raising the bar on energy efficiency -- and often improving the overall quality of construction as a result.

  • Structural Insulated Panels

    By now familiar to most builders, SIPs are made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyisocyanurate rigid foam insulation sandwiched between two structural sheets of oriented strand board. About 12,000 homes were built with SIPs in 2002, according to the Gig Harbor, Wash.-based Structural Insulated...