>> Senate Bill 283 Would Extend Code Change Cycle
Source: BCAP Code Alert
Senate Bill 283 relates to the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. It would make the codes and standards adopted by the Commission valid and effective from the date of adoption for a period of six years, or until the Commission adopts additional codes and standards.
>> Accella Polyurethane Systems Announces Tru-Motion™ Play Series Product Line
Accella Polyurethane Systems announced today that it has expanded its Tru-Motion™ Play Series products to include an expanded line of Aromatic binders for Pour in Place safety surfaces. These products have been developed to cover the wide range of climate conditions encountered in the United States. The new line replaces the previous product range and consists of four products that provide the optimal cure speed and working time in a broader spectrum of installation conditions.
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that Demilec, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of spray foam insulation, has introduced a new product formulated with Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA). Demilec’s Heatlok® HFO High Lift spray foam insulation system is now available to customers for use in commercial and residential wall insulation.
Effective insulation is an absolute necessity to running an energy efficient home, but a new economic report produced by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) shows that the insulation industry also contributes significantly to the U.S. economy—to the tune of $20 billion a year. The industry also helps support around 400,000 jobs each year, according to the report. The report comes as employment figures and the U.S. economy improve almost a decade after the start of the Great Recession.
"An energy audit is the best way to find the places where your home is not energy efficient, but you don't have to wait for a professional," said Mike Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. "There are some things homeowners can do to identify where energy dollars are flying out of the home. The best thing about fixing these issues is that they will continue saving money for years to come."
U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in March, but the pace of construction so far this year remains stronger than in 2016. Housing starts fell 6.8 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.22 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The setback came after strong gains in a warmer-than-usual February. Groundbreakings on new homes are still 8.1 percent higher through the first three months of this year compared with 2016.