Preliminary findings from a federal investigation into potential health problems from drywall imported from China are inconclusive, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Oct. 29. CPSC has received nearly 1,900 complaints from residents in 30 states about effects of Chinese-made wallboard. CPSC says preliminary tests found Chinese drywall has elemental sulfur and higher strontium concentrations than other types of drywall. But it says more studies are needed to show a link between the drywall and reported health problems. In the meantime, the commission is working with the Dept. of Homeland Security to identify and stop imports of drywall
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.