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Remembering a Mentor to the Remodeling Industry

In everyone’s life, one hopes for a mentor to share wisdom and provide motivation to become our best. The Remodeling Industry was fortunate to have such a man providing leadership on a wide scale, and his influence lives on in ways that some may not even realize.

Excerpts with permission from Shawn McCadden’s blog posting,
In Remembrance of Walt Stoeppelwerth: The Godfather Of Remodeling To Many

Walt Stoeppelwerth

Walt Stoeppelwerth

On February 18th, 2013 Walt Stoeppelwerth passed away. Walt was the President of HomeTech Inc in Bethesda, MD for over thirty years. Walt helped shape the Remodeling Industry through his teaching and writing as a columnist with Remodeling magazine. He was a visionary with a unique ability to identify, fully understand and solve existing as well as future challenges within the industry.  He would share his observations, speculate on the likely consequences if the challenges were not addressed, and suggest or predict the solutions he felt would address the challenges. His brilliance was his ability to then create and provide the required solutions, and, through his consulting, direct others who wanted to participate in making the evolution happen. His business model was not reactive to the perceived and often misguided needs expressed by remodelers and industry partners, but rather proactive in creating and providing the solutions and the guidance remodelers and industry partners really needed to improve and foster true success. In summary, Walt had the intimate knowledge, insight, creativity, resources, contacts, relationships and solutions to change the industry and cause tremendous social benefit at the same time. When people feel better about themselves and their businesses, they listen and seek for more of what helped them. Additionally, many then share what they have and know with others with the hopes that they too will benefit.  Walt was a master at setting that example and making it happen for so many remodelers.

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Here’s to a Great 2013 for the Building and Remodeling Industry

Happy New Year, everyone! We’ve had a busy winter so far, one of the busiest that we’ve had in years. How are things looking for you? Hopefully, things are as busy for you as they have been for us! Lots of building and remodeling is going on here in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, not to mention all over New England and beyond!

Many great new products are expected to be announced in 2013, so we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we learn about them! We’re planning to step up our game in social media for 2013, so be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, add us to your circles on Google Plus, and if you’re on LinkedIn, be sure to follow us there, as well!

Here’s to a great 2013!

National Lumber’s Landmark Newton, MA Warehouse Roof Being Repaired with GacoRoof!

National Lumber’s landmark warehouse in Newton, MA needs the roof repaired. This close-up shows the extent of peeling paint and rust.

newton-ma-warehouse-roof-closeup

During the Fall of 2012, you can see this rusty roof transformed by GacoRoof. If you’re in the area of 15 Needham Street in Newton, stop by. Click here for more pictures in our Google+ album.

Don’t replace a roof, if it can be restored with GacoRoof. Here are a few of its commercial & residential uses:

  • 50-year limited warranty
  • Do-it-yourself application in one day
  • Easily applied to virtually any surface
  • Reduce energy costs
  • 100% silicone withstands ponding water
GacoRoof silcone roof coating bonds to most roof surfaces and provides a blanket of waterproof protection that stretches with the roof system. Silicone coating is ideal for flat and low-slope roofs, including homes, garages, and warehouses.
Until now, the only choice for flat roofs were temporary fixes with acrylics which erode from the sun and rain in 3-5 years. With GacoRoof Silicone Roof Coating, building owners can finally coat their roof with the same long-lasting waterproof coating that professional contractors rely upon.
Contact us or come in to any National Lumber location to purchase GACO waterproofing products or to discuss any other details of your project.

Energy Star for New Homes Version 3

If you’re planning on building an ENERGY STAR home, the new Version 3 guidelines must be followed as of July 1st, 2012. Most importantly, if you’ve already been working on an Energy Star home that has not yet had its final inspection, you’ll have to comply with the new rules if that project was permitted after April 1, 2011.

Below is a look at the implementation schedule of the new ENERGY STAR Version 3 guidelines (click for an enlarged image):

The new changes are summarized as follows (courtesy of Green Building Advisor):

  • Version 2 had a fixed HERS Index requirement of 85 (or 80 in the far North); Version 3 has a variable HERS Index target, which is usually in the low 70s.
  • Version 2 had one checklist for the HERS rater: Version 3 has 4 checklists: 2 for the HERS rater, 1 for the HVAC contractor, and 1 for the home builder.
  • Large houses have to get to a lower HERS Index because of the new Size Adjustment Factor.
  • All parts of the building envelope must have Grade I insulation or continuous insulation.
  • All Version 3 homes must have mechanical ventilation systems that meet the requirements of ASHRAE 62.2.

For more information, visit Green Building Advisor’s article about the new Version 3 guidelines or visit the Energy Star for New Homes website.

2012 Drywall Price Increase Explanation

As you are probably now aware, all of the drywall manufacturers have revised their pricing strategies beginning in 2012. First and foremost, all job pricing on commercial work is being discontinued. Instead some manufacturers have suggested that there will be a “pricing ceiling” put in place for the entire year, meaning that the manufacturers will not be able to increase prices above this level.

The manufacturer letters that have been published vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer but it amounts to approximately 35% across the gypsum wallboard category. At this time, finishing products and accessories are not included in this increase.

So what does this mean for our customers? Simply put, the manufacturers will impose this increase the first of the year and National Lumber will adjust prices accordingly.

At National Lumber, we are doing everything in our power to not only give you the most competitive price on the products that we sell, but we also strive to protect our customers from these market fluctuations that either occur naturally or artificially throughout the year.

National’s response to this development will be to have an increase in pricing the first of the year and evaluate how the market responds to the pending increase. Our pricing will always reflect what the market will bear. As pricing may fluctuate throughout the year, we will adjust our pricing with it to ensure the best pricing possible to our customers.

Happy Holidays!

 

Sincerely,
David Pelletier
Vice President
Drywall Division

Massachusetts Stretch Code Towns Update

UPDATE (10/18/12): You can see the latest map, plus a complete list of the Stretch Code towns here.

As of 10/18/12, the Massachusetts state website now lists 122 cities & towns which have adopted the Stretch Energy Code. The Stretch Code movement is continuing to build momentum and will soon be in almost every town despite the added expense to the builders and homeowners.

Below is the current map of Massachusetts cities & towns that have adopted the Stretch Code. You can click on it for a larger PDF version of the map and list of towns that have adopted the Code so far.

If you work in these communities, and you’re looking for help with the recent stretch code changes, don’t hesitate to contact us! We can work with you to help! The expert insulation contractors of Pro Insulators are always ready to serve you for all of your insulation needs and stretch code questions. For more information, visit www.pro-insulators.com or call 978-423-6051.

Continuing Education Credits for Massachusetts Contractors

Continuing Education is now being phased in as a requirement for future renewal of the Construction Supervisors License. These requirements start with licenses renewed or issued after July 1, 2011.

Here is some information about the specifics of these new requirements:

  • Licensees who renew a license or are issued a first-time license on or after July 1, 2011 shall be expected to fully comply with education requirements following a full two-year cycle or elongated first-time license cycle (a first-time license cycle may extend beyond two years depending on the licensees birth date).
  • Licensees who renew or are issued a first-time license prior to July 1, 2011 will be on a different schedule.

A licensed construction supervisor must acquire a certain number of continuing education hours each 2 year renewal period based upon these license categories:

  • Unrestricted Construction Supervisors License:  12 Hours
  • Restricted Construction Supervisors License:  10 Hours
  • Specialty Construction Supervisors License:  6 Hours
    (Masonry, Roofing, Windows / Siding, Demolition, Burning Fuel, Insulation)

Required topics to attend for a minimum of one hour each include Code Review,  Workplace Safety,  Business Practices, Energy, and Lead-Safe Practices.

You can view the proposed regulations in their entirety here. For just the continuing education criterion, you can view just that section as a PDF here: Regulation 110.5.4 Continuing Education

Many local builders associations such as BAGB and NARI will be offering many future opportunities for earning continuing Education Credits. National Lumber will also be sponsoring several upcoming Continuing Education classes. See our Events page to stay up to date on continuing education classes sponsored by National Lumber. Also, if you like us on Facebook, you can receive updates on local opportunities both National Lumber-sponsored and otherwise.

Breaking News: House Committee Votes to Stop EPA Lead Rule Enforcement Without Reliable Test Kit

There’s big news in the building industry today as Congress voted in favor of an NLBMDA-approved amendment that will stop EPA Lead Rule enforcement until a reliable test kit is found and approved. Right now, many test kits on the market are returning as high as 60 percent false positives, costing too many contractors and homeowners alike time and money. This will also help buy more time for many more contractors to get EPA Lead Safe certified. It’s still best to practice lead-safe procedures, but for now, the EPA will not be handing out any fines.

Read the official release from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA).

Congressional Support Means More Retrofitting Work on Existing Homes for Builders and Remodelers

National Lumber is pleased to relay this news from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):

Congress Urged to Focus on Energy Efficiency Incentives for Existing Housing Stock

As the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears testimony on a suite of energy efficiency bills, including legislation to make residential housing more energy-efficient, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today urged lawmakers to take into account the differences in energy savings between the newest, highest-performing homes and older, less-efficient homes that comprise the vast majority of the nation’s housing stock.

“With substantial amounts of energy lost in the nearly 130 million existing homes in the current stock, it is extremely important to develop an effective national energy policy that is not punitive to consumers who benefit from the most efficient new homes,” Tony Crasi, a custom home builder from Akron, Ohio, told members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “Rather, the policy must promote an effective retrofit plan for older, less-efficient housing that allows builders and remodelers to create the benefits of energy efficiency for all housing.”

Read more at:  http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=12829

Why You Should Own a Festool Cordless Drill

Festool Power Tools, Cordless Drills

FESTOOL has announced that their brand-new CXS compact cordless drills are launching on June 1, 2011. However, in the meantime, you can check out the C-series and T-series cordless drills available at all FESTOOL dealers, including National Lumber. Learn more at drills.festoolusa.com!

Here are the top five reasons why you should own a FESTOOL cordless drill:

If all that wasn’t enough, FESTOOL also has a no-hassle, 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your tool, you can return it for a full refund, less shipping costs. You can also return the tool directly to your local National Lumber store, who can handle the return for you. For more information, check out the National Lumber Pneumatic Tool Division website.


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