Lumber and building materials

The Future Is Now: Lead, Don't Wallow

Building Tech & Products 05.21.21

The Future Is Now: Lead, Don't Wallow

The capability challenge, our Dream Team posits, can only be solved through the embrace of data, technology, process and a pivot to collaboration in a dog-eat-dog culture.

Material Crisis Can Pivot Into Material Opportunity: Here's How

Building Tech & Products 06.03.21

Material Crisis Can Pivot Into Material Opportunity: Here's How

Choked off supply – like now, where at every turn, fatal-error bottlenecks, with temporary but indefinite timelines for restoration of normalized channel volume, clog visibility – can and will quell demand. Where's the opportunity?

Building Tech & Products 06.14.21

Mill Work: As Supply Kicks Up; Lumber Futures Go Down

Sawmills pick up their pace of output, rewarding those who can sit out immediate-term scrums for lumber supply, and wait to see where pricing settles in the medium-term.

Building Tech & Products 06.08.21

When Strategy Backfires: Producers' Role In Supply Shock

The time to de-risk forecasts for inflation impacts is now, given that the commodities crunch can pivot into consumer price stresses in the months ahead.

A Sign Of Trying Times: Jobsite Robberies Rise For Scarce LBM

Building Tech & Products 06.18.21

A Sign Of Trying Times: Jobsite Robberies Rise For Scarce LBM

Surging commodity prices on the black market of goods have begun rewarding theft and fraud.

In Katerra's Wake, Builders Blaze Paths To Progress

Building Tech & Products 06.09.21

In Katerra's Wake, Builders Blaze Paths To Progress

Katerra's gutsy play to revolutionize home construction hinged on a Silicon Valley linchpin that connects data to real-world productization. Here's how that key tech building block failed.

Oval Reach: White House Plan To Bolster Building Supply Chain

Policy 06.08.21

Oval Reach: White House Plan To Bolster Building Supply Chain

The Biden-Harris Administration's 100-day review of the U.S. supply chain crisis across key sectors gives specific focus to what ails homebuilders now. Is that a good thing?

Chain Reaction: How Will Builders Respond To Input Pressures?

Building Tech & Products 06.01.21

Chain Reaction: How Will Builders Respond To Input Pressures?

Back-half margin compression looks likely as homebuilders absorb input cost spikes and hit selling price push-back.

Fiber-Timber Bamboo Crops Up As A Spruce, Pine, Fir Alternative Of The Future

Building Tech & Products 05.21.21

Fiber-Timber Bamboo Crops Up As A Spruce, Pine, Fir Alternative Of The Future

Bamcore, a Windsor, CA-based fledgling offsite building platform led by former Goldman Sachs executive Hal Hinkle, has a big, bold, scaleable, sustainable, and doable strategic and operational model, whose moment to shine is now.

Building Tech & Products 05.11.21

Lumber Liquidated: What's Next For The Commodity That Ate Building?

As lumber and engineered wood product prices break all historical price barriers, producers begin to pump capital into mill capacity expansion. Too little too late?