Green Products

Products useful to the building industry on the jobsite and in the construction of Green buildings.

American Wood Council statement on USDA’s bio-based final use rule

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Friday release of a final rule on the BioPreferred program. Among other changes, the new rule deletes the mature market language from the regulation. The 2014 Farm Bill includes language on the Biobased...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards presented

The Structural Insulated Panel Association presented its 2014 Building Excellence Awards April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Judges were Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions, Chris Fennell of Building Insight, and independent architectural designer Mehrdad Dabbagh. The winners were: Overall Competition Winner and winner in the Commercial/ Industrial/ Institutional: Premier SIPs for...

SIPA reports 5% SIP production growth

Results from the Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA) annual production survey show a five percent increase in structural insulated panel (SIP) production in 2013 among the association’s manufacturing membership, consisting of 28 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada. Industry-wide statistics reveal no net gain or loss in total SIP industry...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family...

USDA to partner with WoodWorks to advance the use of wood in buildings

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today announced  a $1 million program to be implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service in partnership with the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks initiative, to provide training for architects, engineers and builders related to the use of advanced wood materials in...

ATAS launches new website for InSpire sustainable product

Allentown, Pa.: – ATAS International, Inc. honored Earth Day, April 22, by launching a new website for its sustainable product, InSpire®, a solar air heating and drying system that minimizes heating costs and increases energy efficiency by heating fresh outside air. The InSpire® wall panel is mounted a few inches from...

Fort Lauderdale SIP Conference offers AIA credits

Architects, contractors, and other building industry professionals can learn the latest technology in high performance and net zero energy construction with a series of free training seminars on April 30 at the Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Annual Meeting & Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Six AIA Continuing Education HSW hours...

Metl-Span opens 7th manufacturing facility

Metl-Span, a division of NCI Group, Inc. has opened its seventh manufacturing facility devoted to the production of the company’s Envolution™ line of architectural insulated metal panels and custom fabrication. The new 109,000 sq. ft. plant is strategically located in Colonial Heights, VA. and is ideally positioned to serve the Eastern...

February 2014 Rural Builder cover

Going green with steel

– By Sharon Thatcher –Rural builders know that a customer wants a building that serves an intended purpose and doesn’t cost a lot to own. Rarely are they asking for a “life cycle analysis” or demanding LEED compliance. But increasingly there is industry and public pressure to use fewer natural resources...