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SBC Housing Stats for October: U.S. and Canada

The SBCA has published the following information regarding October housing starts and building permits data for the U.S. and Canada. United States: October housing starts (released November 17) increased 25.5% to 1,323,000 units. Single-family starts increased 10.7% to 869,000 units, while multi-family increased by 68.8% to 454,000 units. Total U.S. permits, an indicator of future construction,...

National Framers Council rolls out FrameSafe Version 2 Safety Program

The National Framers Council (NFC) continues its work to develop and implement best practices to help ensure framers leave the job site each day in the same health as they arrived. Organized in June of 2013 as a council of the Structural Building Components Association, the NFC just released its second edition FrameSAFE Safety...

Developing a strategy for long span truss installation

– By Kirk Grundahl, P.E. – A truss collapse can be devastating, not only to the immediate health of those on the job site, but to the installers’ confidence going forward. Training a crew in proper bracing techniques in a way that gets them past the negative experience requires more than a little thinking...

Rural Builder December 2011 cover

Proper installation of roof truss systems

A builder can invest a lot of money in safety lines, guardrails and hard hats to keep workers safe, but another element to the equation should not be missed: proper installation practices. One area in particular where education can help save losses, both in terms of people and property, is the roof truss system....