Inspiration2 min

2x6 Walls Achieve Multiple Goals

In many climates, codes are forcing residential construction to use 2x6 walls and denser insulation such as mineral wool. At the same time, many homes are zero lot line which require additional fire endurance when 10’ or less from an adjacent home. Couple those factors with the need for a structural wall that can withstand seismic and high wind forces and we have serious demands on a wall.

The Intertek-listed LPB/WPPS 60-01 2x6 exterior load-bearing wall assembly helps meet these demands and achieves three major objectives: fire code compliance, sound reduction and higher R-values than most 2x4 assemblies. According to a recent study by Home Innovation Research Labs, more than 40 percent of all exterior walls in new single-family construction now use 2x6 assemblies—more than a 10 percent increase in the last decade.

This assembly uses LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing to meet fire codes for zero-lot-line construction where walls are close to the property line. A 2x6 stud creates 5½-inch wall depth to accommodate more insulation. The extra space offers many advantages. Using mineral wool insulation in a 2x6 wall assembly increases the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating compared to standard fiberglass insulation. This means that less outdoor noise penetrates the wall. Plus the additional mineral wool insulation in 2x6 assemblies can also achieve an R-value of 23 compared to the typical R-15 in 2x4 walls.

Installing 2x6 exterior walls makes a lot of sense in cold-weather regions and urban infill applications. Homeowners get the triple benefit of fire code compliance, greater energy savings and less outdoor noise intruding into the living space.

Find out where you can purchase fire-rated OSB sheathing for 2x6 wall assemblies.

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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
A Mid-Year Look at 2019 Exterior Trends

While many building professionals actively seek out exterior trends at the start of the new year, it’s important to keep on top of trends as we approach the latter half of 2019. Taking a mid-year look at what industry trends have dominated so far and what’s to come will ensure you are delivering your customers timely recommendations when it comes to their home’s aesthetic.

Industry Trends8 min
Building Smarter Starts With Smashing Silos

One of the most vexing problems in home construction is that productivity isn’t rising fast enough – even though there are fabulous productivity tools everywhere you look. Making a process lean and efficient isn’t always the answer, according to John Murphy from the consulting firm FMI. Sometimes a process can be scrapped entirely, which in turn causes productivity to soar. But it can only happen when all the key stakeholders – developers, designers, manufacturers and builders – tear down their respective silos and start collaborating more effectively.

Industry Trends7 min
A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.