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Trade Contractors Rejoining the Market Slowly

Over 1.5 million trade contractors left the housing market between 2006 and 2011 due to lack of work, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The peak in trade contractor employment came in April 2006, when almost 5 million trade contractors had a job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By the beginning of 2011, the most recent low point, only 3.4 million were employed. The biggest loss came in the residential construction sector, with over 1 million employees gone from that market alone. Recent market gains have improved construction labor numbers, but it varies significantly from state to state. From January 2011 to Q1 of 2013, a total of 20 states and the District of Columbia experienced a rise in trade contractor employment.

LP Expands LVL Flange I-Joist Offerings

LP Building Products enhanced their West Coast LP® SolidStart® LVL Flange product offerings last fall with the introduction of both the LPI 530 and the LPI 450 I-Joists. LP SolidStart residential I-Joists are less likely than solid sawn lumber to split, shrink, twist, warp or bow, helping to reduce floor squeaks. The LPI 530 product has a 1-5/16˝ x 2-1/16˝ (53mm) wide LP SolidStart LVL flange and is available in depths from 9-1/2˝ up to 16˝, while the LPI 450 has a 1-5/16” x 1-3/4” (45mm) wide flange and is available in 9-1/2” to 14” depths. Each new I-Joist offering is manufactured at LP Building Products’ engineered wood products mill in Red Bluff, Calif., and is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

WBCSD Announces Inclusive Approach to Forest Certification

The trend of recognizing all credible forest certification programs continued to grow at the end of 2013 when the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), led by 26 of the world’s leading companies among the forest products value chain, released a statement announcing that its members would work to spread sustainable forest management as well as support and promote the expansion of forest certification. The statement specifically recognized its support of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council.

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