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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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Tips for Building with Wood

Wood is a renewable, eco-friendly resource that is growing in popularity as a building material. When building with wood, it is important to understand how wood reacts to ambient environmental conditions in order to ensure its longevity. Wood will expand in humid conditions and shrink in dry conditions. It is essential that you allow it …

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Are Ceilings Fans a Good Investment?

Do you leave your ceiling fans on even when you aren’t in the room? Some experts argue that ceiling fans aren’t doing you any favors if left on when no one is home. Fans are a great way to cool down because they evaporate sweat. When air moves across the surface of your skin, it …

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