A federally funded study has found "a strong association" between imported wallboard made in China and metal corrosion in homes in the U.S., the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Two other preliminary studies, of electrical-component and fire safety-component corrosion also support that finding, CPSC says. But no definitive tie has been found yet between the wallboard and health problems that home owners have reported. Photo: Office of Sen. Bill Nelson Nelson contends agencies are taking too long to find tie between drywall and corrosion and health problems. Related Links: Chinese-Drywall Probe Finds No Link Yet to Health Problems Chinese-Made 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.