News & Stories6 min

Habitat for Humanity Cuts Down on Construction Time with LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing

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

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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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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.

Business Advice10 min
How to Prevent Lap Siding from Buckling by Using a Butt Joint

It’s a silly name, but a “butt joint” is an application technique where two pieces of material are “butted” up against each other. It is the simplest joint to make, and a butt joint can be either end to end or end to face. Depending on the width of the wall, butt joints will occur where two pieces of lap siding come together, creating a vertical seam. LP® SmartSide® lap siding products are available in 16’ lengths, and can help reduce the amount of seams where a butt joint would normally occur when using shorter pieces.

Industry Trends7 min
Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.