U.S. housing starts, thanks to the single-family market, finished 2020 on a surge, with December housing starts at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.669 million, a 5.8% increase over November and 5.2% increase compared to December 2019, while preliminary figures show housing starts for all of 2020 at 1.380 million, a 7% increase over 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report.
Single-family starts in December were 1.338 million, up 12% from November and nearly 28% over December 2019, while 2020 single-family starts came in at 991,000, a 11.7% increase over 2019.
Multi-family starts didn’t fare as well, with 312,000 in December, down substantially from November and 40% down from December 2019, though coming in at 376,000 for the year, down only 3.2% from 2019.
Housing starts in 2020 hit their lowest point in April at 934,000, including 679,000 single-family and 240,000 multi-family.
U.S. housing building permits in December were 1.709 million, a 4.5% increase over November and 17.3% jump from December 2019, while finishing at 1.452 million for 2020, a 4.8% increase over 2019.
Single-family permits were 1.226 million in December, up 7.8% from November and ahead 30% from December 2019, while coming in at 977,000 for the year, a 13.3% increase over 2019. Multi-family permits were 437,000 for December, down slightly from November and down 7.8% from December 2019, and finishing at 429,400 for the year, down nearly 11% from 2019.
Utilizing major cogeneration residual, Humboldt Sawmill in Scotia, Calif. has obtained a European Biochar Certificate, the first U.S. based company to do so. Through the production of biochar, a byproduct of its Scotia, California cogeneration plant, Humboldt Sawmill is providing a sustainable product that can be added to soils by farmers and other landowners to aid in…
Interfor is acquiring the WestRock sawmill in Summerville, SC for US$59 million. The Summerville mill produced 125MMBF in 2020. A new permit was received in 2020 that allows for the production of up to 200MMBF and Interfor has identified a number of operational and capital investment initiatives to optimize and…
U.S. housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.580 million for January, a 6% decrease from December and 2.3% below January a year ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development monthly new residential construction report…
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