#10 - How Will 3-D Printing Technology Affect Conventional Construction Practices?
For the construction industry, 3-D printing technology could substantially disrupt conventional building practices by offering modular construction alternatives, onsite manufacturing of building materials, and the ability to create parts, tools and even complete machines on-demand.
#9 - Softwood Lumber Agreement in Limbo
With the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada on hold, and President-elect Trump’s position on imports, it’s likely the SLA will stay in limbo into 2017.
#8 - October Housing Starts See Greatest Leap in Nearly a Decade
New-home construction broke its downward trend and increased significantly in October. But why the sudden increase? Millennials. As income and employment prospects improve, Millennials are moving out of their parent homes, starting families, and expanding the demand in the housing market.
Read about some Millennial Myths, in our November Careers Issue editorial.
#7 - Industry Employment Opportunity Video
When I changed careers to join the NRLA in 2016, the most asked question was “So are you a lumberjack?” It was clear to me that there were some misunderstandings about LBM careers. So I was excited to see this incredible employment opportunity video when I arrived at the NRLA.
Put together by a task force of NRLA members, the industry employment opportunity video highlights the diverse careers available in the LBM world.
#6 - Smart Home Technology
If the phrase “Alexa, turn on my lights,” gets you excited, then you are not alone. A plethora of articles this year highlighted consumers’ desire for smart technology in the home. In August, Realty Biz News revealed that nearly three-quarters of Americans own at least one smart home product, and that 44% of home buyers looking for move-in-ready conditions consider smart technology part of the package.
#5 - Bicknell Becomes NRLA Chair
At the 2016 NRLA Annual Meeting, Immediate Past President Chuck Handley turned the gavel over to fellow New Yorker Bob Bicknell. Bicknell, who owns Bicknell Building Supply in Potsdam, N.Y., was joined at the meeting by his family and friends who will all support him as he drives the NRLA into 2017.
#4 - Boston Cedar and U.S. LUMBER Join Forces
The April announcement that Boston Cedar and U.S. Lumber agreed to merge their assets created a tremendous spike in traffic for LC Wired, NRLA’s weekly e-newsletter.
#3 - EBMDA-NRLA Affiliation