Norbord-sponsored Framing Students Ready to Take on the Jobsite

According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, construction labor shortages are even more widespread than they were last year with 75% of construction crews experiencing a lack of carpenters (framing, rough and finished). That means over 200,000 jobs are vacant in the construction industry. There are many reasons for the dearth of …

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Should your Small Construction Company Get a Drone?

The building industry has traditionally been reticent to adopt change. Construction professionals have been building homes in the same way for decades and, while they are quick to upgrade tools, they don’t usually go for every technological fad that hits the market. Drones, however, are no fad and their usefulness coupled with relatively inexpensive upfront …

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Norbord’s “THANK A FRAMER” Month Helps Alleviate the Labor Shortage

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s Thank A Framer video (over 4 million views and counting!) Norbord has released its second video to mark the start of “Thank a Framer” month. This video follows the process of manufacturing Oriented Strand Board (OSB) from the forest to the construction site, paying homage to workers in …

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Raised-Heel Trusses Improve Energy Efficiency and So Much More

Insulation can improve a home’s energy efficiency, but the efficacy of insulation is dependant on how it’s installed. Insulation products can only perform optimally if they are installed perfectly. Batt insulation, for example, will only achieve its R-value when it isn’t compressed. This occurs most often in roof assemblies where conventional trusses meet the exterior …

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6 Ways to Keep your Construction Project on Budget

Construction projects have a nasty reputation of going over budget and taking twice as long as predicted. As a construction professional, you know there are really good reasons for that. Material prices and availability are volatile, and they affect your bottom line. You often discover issues once you start a new build or reno that …

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Norbord and HBI Open First Trades Training Program in Houston

Houston Mayor Supports New Program in Acres Homes Community Norbord Inc. and HBI joined Mayor Sylvester Turner to officially open the first construction trades training program in Houston, Texas. The Norbord-funded program aims to address labor shortages in the industry and help with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Norbord made a $1 million donation to …

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