It’s happened to nearly every architect and builder: products are specified, plans are made, and months later directives are overlooked or overruled by the contractor on the jobsite. Perhaps its habit or preference, perhaps something is overlooked.
Some product swaps result in zero risk, but in other cases specified materials are crucial for meeting code requirements, achieving desired design goals, or maintaining tight budgets. For example, specifying LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing to achieve fire-rated assemblies shifts the makeup of the rest of a wall assembly, so switching the sheathing on the fly can impact code approvals, lead to cost overruns, or, ultimately, potentially affect the safety of building occupants.
Here are a few strategies for improving communication with subcontractors and framers to ensure that design and product specifications are met:
What will the tipping point be for homebuilders to enthusiastically embrace off-site construction? When the labor force constricts even tighter and wages rise even more? Will it take more weather woes or neighborhood noise ordinances that further reduce the number of workable daylight hours? The number of progressive homebuilders using off-site construction methods are rising, but the industry in the U.S. as a whole continues to trail behind other countries.Continue Reading
Achieving a tight building envelope is the new objective for many homebuilders and homeowners. A systems-wide approach combining thermal insulation techniques, various construction types, and high-performance water and vapor barriers can change a home’s energy efficiency.
Traditional sheds offer practical storage for items like tools, garden equipment and out-of-season toys. Today, sheds are becoming an extension of the homes’ living areas, offering versatile and multi-functional space. You’ve probably heard of them by several names, like She Sheds, Man Caves, Hobby Sheds, Backyard Bars and more.
The last Wednesday in October has been designated Sustainability Day throughout the world. Since the mid-1990s, LP has made great strides in sustainable forest management and manufacturing – and both Donna Kopecky, LP’s Public Policy & Sustainability Manager, and Kevin Warkentin, LP’s Business Environmental Health and Safety Manager for OSB and EWP, have been there every step of the way.