Engineered Wood Magazine: Winter 2016 Issue

This month, we’ve released our semiannual Engineered Wood magazine. This building industry magazine from LP Building Products covers a wide range of subjects, highlighting the newest building, construction, and architectural industry trends. In the Winter 2016 Issue, you’ll find articles including:

  • Meeting Code, Exceeding Expectations with FlameBlock: As multifamily housing and infill construction continue to grow in popularity fire codes are becoming increasingly strict. New techniques and materials are emerging to help the building industry build fire-resistant structures that are code compliant, aesthetically appealing, and cost-effective. (P.11)
  • LSL & Steel Delivers Strength and Stability: Wood is becoming a viable choice as the trend of Mass Timber continues to rise. Vertika Structural Engineers relied on LP SolidStart LSL to provide strength and support in their first foray into Mass Timber construction. (P. 4) 
  • Migratory Bird Conservation is a Long-Term Journey: Conservation groups are partnering with the forestry industry to help stop the decline of migratory bird species. LP is collaborating to help conservation efforts and minimize their environmental footprint. (P.18)
  • Tiny Homes, Big Opportunities: Tiny Houses are growing in popularity as homeowners are choosing to downsize. Andrew Odom, founder of Tiny r(E)volution, has been able to master this trend after finding products and a process that works. (P. 8)

To find the current and previous issues of Engineered Wood Magazine visit the LP Building Products website and click on the Community page. To sign up to receive future issues, email

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Industry Trends6 min
Where the Construction Labor Shortage Is Most Severe

According to the latest American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 4 million people now work in residential construction (both single-family and multifamily) – down from the 5 million who were employed just before the Great Recession. Although the workforce has shrunk by 20 percent nationwide, some parts of the country are experiencing less pain than others. Similarly, light commercial construction has been reportedly back on the rise post-Recession, with IBISWorld reporting that the recovery started just before 2014 and continuing steadily through 2019 (source).

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Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Industry Trends7 min
A Commitment to Product Availability

It’s frustrating when factors outside of your control cause you delays or unexpected expenses during a project. Those factors could be weather delays, insufficient staffing, breakdowns in cash flow and unreliable product availability. LP devotes significant resources each year to ensure that its product availability is second to none. Because even the most innovative building solution is useless to customers unless they know that it’s available when they really need it.