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New Wall Bracing Method from APA

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has published a new system report detailing a simplified wall bracing method that uses continuous wood structural panel sheathing. The report follows a multi-year research and testing program according to the organization. APA System Report SR-102 provides a new approach and supporting technical information which the APA says will allow builders and designers to more easily meet the requirements of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) Simplified Wall Bracing (Section R601.12). Click here to learn more.

LP BuildSmart Remodeler Program Offers Marketing Tools for Remodeling Contractors

LP Building Products offers training and marketing tools specifically for remodeling contractors. The BuildSmart Preferred Remodeler Program is a complimentary program offering LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding product education, sales and marketing materials, as well as lead generation programs with three levels of engagement and rewards—Silver, Gold and Platinum. Click here for more information.

Experts Forecast Slow, Steady Revival through 2015

The homebuilding industry will enjoy a slow, steady revival through 2015, according to housing experts at a 2012 Hanley Wood conference. Tom Lawler, founder of Lawler Housing and Economic Consulting, expects housing starts to reach 900,000 in 2013, 1.01 million in 2014 and 1.26 million by 2015. Even so, he thinks it will be several years before the market returns to normal, which he defines as housing starts growing at the same pace at which households are created.

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