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Timber Structures Continue To Find New Cities And Easing Regulations

| Lumber Market, Market News, Product Features | No Comments
Photo courtesy of Faster to build and environmentally focused, cities that didn't consider timber construction are starting to once again incorporate timber as a suitable infrastructure for high-rise commercial buildings. In fast-growing cities like Austin, TX, the demand for real estate - still fueling the building materials growth in 2020 despite the pandemic setbacks earlier observed - has zoning boards and building review councils looking for ways to quickly increase available space. In comes timber and new technologies. Last year the world's tallest timber structure opened in Norway. "To…
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Unemployment Claims Fall To Lowest Levels Since Pandemic Start

| Existing Home Sales, Housing Starts, Market News | No Comments
While most of the news focuses on a pandemic that continues to spiral out of control - posting record-breaking numbers none of us want - unemployment claims are at their lowest points since March. Continuing claims this week dropped steeply to 5.5 million claims. First-time claims for unemployment benefits totaled 712,000 last week, compared with 787,000 a week earlier. The job market is adapting and showing signs of recovering but with so many variables and winter setting in on much of the country, we're still in unpredictable territory for the…
Existing Home Sales Rise 26% October 2020

Unprecedented gain: October existing home sales up 26.6%

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Even with short supply and prices that seem to have no ceiling, home sales continue to baffle the market. Surges in pricing aren't stopping city-dwellers and others from outbidding one another for any available lot or home. Demolition and new construction contribute to the climb. Full report now available from various sources - CNBC report can be found here. Key points from CNBC: Sales of existing homes in October soared well past expectations, rising 4.3% compared with September and 26.6% annually. There were 1.42 million existing homes on the market…
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The Power of a Digital Supply Chain for Building Materials

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What is a Digital Supply Chain and why is it necessary to stay competitive? In order to understand a digital supply chain, we need to first speak of what it would replace or improve upon which is an Analog Supply Chain. An Analog Supply Chain is one where tasks and information are moved in non-digital ways like a paper invoice in the mail, or manually typing in inventory counts. For the building materials industry, the current state is still largely analog, being supported by some automation and digital tools, but…
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