In our latest case study, we share the builder success story of implementing LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing in a town house setting. Habitat for Humanity® of New Castle County broke ground in March 2015 on Walnut Ridge in Wilmington, Delaware. Walnut Ridge would consist of nine units in total, including a four-pack and a five-pack of single-family attached townhomes. LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing was used on all nine townhomes as a code-compliant component of a U350 2-hour partition wall assembly.
Director of Construction and Real Estate for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County Sean Allen oversees all local projects. LP FlameBlock sheathing was recommended to him by John Connell, his trusted dealer at Grubb Lumber, who saw the product successfully used in townhomes in New Jersey. For Allen, the speed of installation was what drew him to LP FlameBlock sheathing.
“I would say the assemblies were built probably a month or two faster than a shaft wall assembly,” said Allen. “If this job had production builders on staff, I can see how this product would greatly effect the cost of a build because of time and labor savings.”
Allen now plans to use LP FlameBlock sheathing in a U350 assembly in another upcoming townhome project for Habitat for Humanity. “I would recommend this product for any townhome build,” he says.
Learn more and find other case studies showing the success of our products in application: http://lpcorp.com/resources/case-studies/lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing/habitat-for-humanity-cuts-down-on-construction-time-with-lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing
To learn more about the U350 assembly, check out the LP FlameBlock page: http://lpcorp.com/products/panels/lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing
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.Continue Reading
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.
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.
When people talk about home “affordability” it boils down to one number: the asking price. But home “attainability” is a more complex equation. Attainability refers to a prospective buyer’s ability to find an entry-level home (no easy task these days), obtain a loan and pay for 30 years of ancillary costs like utilities, maintenance and insurance.