July 24, 2018

SALA Architects Remodels 1907 Victorian Home to Achieve Net-Zero Status While Preserving Traditional Aesthetic with LP® SmartSide® Lap Siding

LP Building Products recently added a new case study to its online product literature portfolio, featuring Stewart and Linda Herman’s net-zero Victorian era home remodeling project in Minneapolis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 24, 2018) – LP Building Products, a proven leader in innovative, high-performance building solutions, recently added a new case study to its online product literature portfolio. The case study spotlights Stewart and Linda Herman’s net-zero Victorian era home remodeling project in Minneapolis and Marc Sloot, Senior Associate at SALA Architects, who chose LP® SmartSide® Smooth Texture Lap Siding, Trim and Fascia to preserve the home’s historic aesthetic, while ensuring the durability needed to resist Minnesota’s harsh winters.

With the Hermans’ goal of preserving the traditional aesthetic in mind, Sloot sought alternative products to those he’d used previously. He says, “I saw LP SmartSide siding and asked the industry professionals’ opinions on it. They were all really positive in the things they had to say about LP SmartSide.” With this, Sloot decided to use LP SmartSide Smooth Texture Lap Siding, Trim and Fascia for the project.

One of the ways Sloot strove for net-zero energy was through better insulation. To increase the insulation, the entire outer “skin” of the home was removed. At that point, SALA needed to re-side the entire home. For architects like SALA interested in environmentally friendly builds, LP SmartSide products are a responsible choice since they are sustainably sourced from SFI®.  

In addition to its sustainability qualities, LP SmartSide products delivered a sought-after look that would embrace the historical look of the home. According to Sloot, “By using LP SmartSide siding, we could embrace and enhance the beauty that was already there.”

The Minneapolis Net-Zero Victorian was completed in Spring 2017. The Hermans say that their remodeled home has gone beyond their expectations, in part through the use of LP SmartSide engineered wood siding products. In terms of enhancing the original beauty, Stewart says, “What we achieved is a 100 percent traditional look. It looks like a brand new 1907 house.”

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About LP Building Solutions - As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders worldwide. Its extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP Structural Solutions portfolio (LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing and more), oriented strand board (OSB), LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®, and LP Elements® Performance Fencing. In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 26 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil. For more information, visit