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  • Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016
  • New Home Sales Post Highest Yearly Total Since 2007
  • Pending Home Sales Close Out 2016 on a High Note
  • National Multi-Family Housing Council Special Report: 2017 Market Outlook
  • News Briefs
  • Industry Events

Key Building Materials Prices Far Surpassed Inflation in 2016

Softwood lumber, oriented strand board (OSB), ready-mix concrete and gypsum products all posted price changes in 2016 well above the 1.3% average for the Consumer Price Index, according to the latest Producer Price index released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

OSB prices surged 13.8% in 2016, while softwood lumber rose nearly 8.7%. In November, the cost of ready-mix concrete and gypsum products rose 3.5% and 5.0%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.

Read the whole story at NAHB Now


Maximize Customer Service and Minimize Delivery Costs.

Ponderosa Software's Mobile Fleet Manager (MFM) transforms LBM dispatch and delivery operations into proactive, automated Customer Service and Traffic Control Center. Powered by the award winning Elite EXTRA™, this integrated, cost-effective solution covers Telematics, Federal Compliance for fuel tax reporting without the need to buy ELDs, as well as Dispatch and Vehicle Maintenance. Stay ahead of changing regulations, improve dispatcher and driver productivity, shorten delivery times and reduce costs with Ponderosa Mobile Fleet Manager.

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New Home Sales Post Highest Yearly Total Since 2007

Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 12.2% in 2016 to 563,000 units, the highest annual rate since 2007, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. New home sales fell 10.4% in December 2016 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 536,000 units.

Read the whole story at LBM Journal


We're building our company and our products to last a lifetime. That's the Professional Way.

Provia At ProVia, we care about our customers as much as we do the products and services we provide. We combine old-world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology to deliver personalized care with every order. You can experience the full line of ProVia products crafted the Professional Way - including the industry's best in doors, windows, siding and stone.

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Pending Home Sales Close Out 2016 on a High Note

Hopes are high for this year as 2016 closed out pending home sales on a high note, however low inventory continues to dampen the high spirits.

Pending home sales increased in December by 1.6% to 109, up from 107.3 in November, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors. That is an increase of 0.3% from December 2015.

Watch the video at HousingWire


Easy Application, Exceptional Results

deckwise Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish is formulated as an oil-based natural hardwood finish. It was created to protect and preserve the natural wood beauty of exterior hardwood decking. Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish delivers excellent penetration of dense hardwoods with negligible raising of the wood grain. It conditions and protects the deck wood while preserving a completely natural look. Use it on any outdoor hardwood application such as decks, fences, furniture, steps or railings. For exceptional results on Ipe, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Cedar and many other hardwoods, Ipe Oil™ is your best solution.

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National Multi-Family Housing Council Special Report: 2017 Market Outlook

The National Multifamily Housing Council hosted the 2017 Apartment Strategies Outlook Conference on January 24, 2017, covering topics ranging from value-add properties and maximizing returns to driving investor sentiment and dealing with issues in development. Throughout the conference, industry experts shared their data and strategic planning for what to expect this year in the multifamily industry as well as what changes might arise within the coming months. Market research was a large topic of discussion among the various panels, including talks of supply and demand, rent growth opportunities and the impact of these topics on the multifamily industry.

Read the whole story at Multi-Housing News



Viance Viance's warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams. Recent modifications to the AWPA standards have created confusion, and the misconception that all deck framing must be Ground Contact treated; this simply isn't true.

Above Ground treatments remain code compliant for framing, including joists and beams, and should meet customers safety and performance expectations without introducing excessive chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily. Compare other warranties to see for yourself.

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News Briefs

East Coast Builders Conference Dates Announced MORE

Mitek Acquires Wrightsoft MORE

Epicor Releases Training on Demand for BisTrack Users MORE

Guardian Opens New Cordele Distribution Center MORE


ThermalBuck™ Simplifies Window Installation, Saves Time & Money

BRINC Energy-efficient builders have struggled for years to solve multiple problems when installing windows with exterior insulation. With 2012 & 2015 Energy Codes requiring continuous insulation, more builders than ever are looking for better solutions.

ThermalBuck™ solves the challenges presented by "outsulation" by extending the mounting point for windows & doors to create a flush plane for cladding. Dimensionally stable and strong, ThermalBuck™ prevents compression of rigid insulation, helping to maintain the integrity of the window installation.

Simple to install and easier to flash than a wood window buck, ThermalBuck™ saves both time and money. With an R-value range of 4.4 to 11, it insulates the mounting points of windows & doors, limiting thermal bridging.
ThermalBuck™ is a true continuous insulation
solution for the building envelope.

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Industry Events


Feb. 1-2, Building Material Suppliers Association (BMSA) Building Products Show, Hickory, NC,

Feb. 15-17, Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo, Providence, RI,

March 8-10, LMC Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,

March 13-15, LBM Advantage Annual Meeting & Business Conference, Orlando, FL,

March 27-29, National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

April 5-7, Lumbermen's Association of Texas & Louisiana (LAT) Annual Convention & Buying Show, Grapevine, TX,

May 20-22, Do it Best Spring Market, Indianapolis, IN,, 888-DOITBEST

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