Builders increase concrete use

Homebuilders increasingly are turning to concrete wall systems, according to recent market research conducted by the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The survey indicates that 13.8% of builders used abovegrade wall system in 2007, a 60% rise from the 2003 survey. Insulating concrete forms (ICF) saw the largest usage increase. In 2003, 2% of builders claimed using ICFs. In 2007, it has risen to 6%. Removable concrete forms in home building doubled from 1.2% to 2.4%. The survey also demonstrated that builders are becoming more aware of concrete wall systems. For more information, see www.cement.org.

September housing sales rise

Sales of new single-family homes rose 2.7% in September to 464,000 units, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The report indicates that builders are decreasing the months' supply of unsold homes on the market. The number of homes for sale declined to 394,000, from August's total of 425,000. At this pace, a 10.4 months' supply exists. Also the median number of months completed new homes remain on the market has gone up to 9.1, a new record. Sales activity has gained in the West, to 22.7% and 0.7% in the South, but the Northeast declined 21.4% and the Midwest 5.8%. Visit www.nahb.org for more.

CFA elects board

The Concrete Foundation Association (CFA) recently elected Dan Bromley, ABI Corp., Lee's Summit, Mo., as CFA president. Previously serving as chair of the association's Foundation Contractor Certification Program, he will oversee the next two-year period. In addition, CFA announced the newest terms for its Board of Directors, including Tom Brown, TJ Construction Unlimited Inc., Ely, Iowa; and Jerry Hoyer, Hoyer Poured Walls Inc., Marysville, Ohio, to serve three-year terms. Two other members were re-elected to three-year terms, including Jim Rose, Fastrac Foundations, Pittsburgh; and Amanda Morris, Herbert Construction Co., Atlanta. Go to www.cfawalls.org for more.