Category: Building Material

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020

Top Sustainable Construction Trends for 2020

There are always new green building products coming out that lead to more efficient, more durable or more eco-friendly homes. But most of what grabbed our attention this past year, and the things that we will see through 2020, are perhaps best described as sustainable construction design philosophies, tools, and even education. So below is a list of green building trends for 2020 and product improvements that we are pretty excited about. These either arrived in 2019, made serious ground in 2019 or are expected to be released in 2020. So here are our


84 Lumber Achieves $4 Billion in Annual Sales for the First Time in Company History | News

EIGHTY FOUR, Pa., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in the company’s 65-year history, 84 Lumber today announced that it has hit a record-breaking $4 billion in annual sales as of November this year. 84 Lumber first started in 1956 and is now the nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier, with 250 stores across more than 30 states.

I am so proud of our 84 Lumber associates. It’s about growing our company so that our associates can grow too.

“I am so proud of what our 84 associates have done to make this company so

U.S. LUMBER Acquires Mid-State Lumber | News

U.S. LUMBER Acquires Mid-State Lumber | News

ATLANTA and BRANCHBURG, N.J., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. LUMBER GROUP LLC. (“U.S. LUMBER” or “the Company”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Specialty Building Products, LLC (“Specialty Building Products”), and Mid-State Lumber Corp., a local and regional wholesaler of building material products, today announced that U.S. LUMBER has agreed to acquire Mid-State Lumber Corp. The transaction will combine industry leaders with an expanded offering of products and services to serve dealers across New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Specialty Building Products President and CEO


Beijing On American Campuses: Here’s Every College With A Confucius Institute

As tensions between China and the rest of the world mount due to the coronavirus outbreak, American and foreign lawmakers are growing evermore suspicious of Beijing’s influence on college campuses.

Most recently, Sweden decided to close all of its Confucius Institutes and classrooms as the country’s relationship with China further deteriorates into mutual suspicion. China launched the Confucius Institute program in 2004 with the stated goal of promoting Chinese culture and language, but it has been criticized for being a Trojan horse for Chinese-state propaganda. (RELATED: Harvard Professor’s Arrest For Lying About China Ties Is Part Of Ongoing Crackdown On


Experts: Construction material shortages to continue in 2021

Dive Brief:

  • Commercial contractors continue to battle material shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Q4 2020 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index.
  • The CCI increased by three points — from 57 in Q3 to 60 in Q4  but is still far beneath 74, the first-quarter score prior to the pandemic.
  • The difficulty in procuring some construction materials and the cost associated with shortages won’t go away anytime soon, experts say.

Dive Insight:

The three big drivers  backlog, revenue expectations and contractor confidence  in the business group’s report “nudged up” slightly from the