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)

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Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 percent in some major metro areas. These mega-builders have huge budgets for both land development and marketing. It’s increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized builders to compete, but LP is committed to helping them prosper.

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Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

To better serve its customers in areas of order accuracy and delivery predictability, LP has set some of the industry’s most aspirational supply chain goals. Senior leaders meet regularly with experts at Gartner, arguably the nation’s best consulting firm in the realm of supply chain optimization. The aim is to apply best practices in procurement, logistics and working capital across more than $1 billion of addressable spend.

Maintenance4 min
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Business Advice5 min
The Importance Of Vapor Permeability In Building Envelopes

For weather-resistant barriers (WRBs), ASTM has developed rigorous tests for water resistance and water penetration, plus an air barrier assembly test. But an equally important test is ASTM E96, which measures water vapor permeability over a 24-hour period.