Shortages of lumber, wall board, and other key home building materials have been reported by home builders and lumber dealers. Builders reported shortages most often in oriented strand board, followed by wall board, framing lumber, and plywood.
With housing starts rising through 2013 and into 2014, the Engineered Wood Association predicts growth in structural panels, I-joists, glulam, and LVL.
LEED v4, the latest version of U.S. Green Building Council's green building rating system, will go into effect this fall. The oft-revised and much debated version has been approved by 86 percent of the USGBC membership.