The three main buckets of costs to build a home: cost of land, cost of materials and cost of labor. Regarding labor costs to build a house, it’s getting tougher to ensure high efficiency on the jobsite as highly skilled Boomer-age construction pros retire. One way to accomplish that is to use high-performance building products that deliver lasting results yet are easy to work with and install.
What’s a high-performance building product? Think of products that will eliminate steps in the installation process or use familiar installation practices yet provide an additional feature or benefit.
Here are a few examples:
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding
Joe Nitti, co-owner of Nitti Development in the Chicago area, says that his crews have saved time and labor thanks to the workability of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products. “They’re light, so it’s easy for the guys to lift and install them,” he says.
LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier
“You can keep jobsite efficiency high with an air and water barrier system that installs in one step without having to bring in a separate crew the next day to apply house wrap,” says LP field tech Juan Urquiza. “In many cases, the house wrap crew comes from a different city. When you use LP’s new air and water barrier solution, you eliminate the wait time and expense of paying a specialty crew.”
LP Legacy® Premium Sub-flooring
On sub-flooring jobs, efficiency decreases when the crew must sand sub-flooring that’s been exposed to rain for a number of months during a build. But sub-flooring manufacturers keep making giant strides in moisture resistance. Some sub-flooring products offer 100- and even 200-day no-sand warranties, but LP Legacy® sub-flooring now comes with a Covered Until It’s Covered® no-sand warranty.
LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier
It requires no additional skills or training for crews to install a radiant barrier in the roof, yet the long-term results of a radiant barrier surpass that of conventional roof sheathing. LP TechShield radiant barrier blocks up to 97% of the radiant heat in the roof panel from emitting into a home’s attic, reducing an attic’s temperature by up to 30° F and helping curb cooling costs. Using this product in place of conventional sheathing may help builders qualify for Green Building credits, energy rebates and lower HERS scores.
LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing
Installing shaft wall can be an efficiency-killer for less experienced crews. As an alternative to shaft wall, some construction companies are now switching to assemblies that use fire-rated OSB sheathing. They’re lighter and less cumbersome than shaft wall so they can be installed faster.
High-performance building solutions are helping construction teams maintain peak efficiency in this period when their most highly skilled employees are getting replaced by junior ones.
Many might assume engineered wood products wouldn’t be a good choice for wildfire-prone regions, but they can be part of a WUI-compliant solution. With LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, one of the most durable siding solutions available, you can provide homeowners with a strong exterior look for their home. And by combining it with LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing, your clients can be assured their home has a durable exterior siding and walls that are compliant with requirements for ignition-resistant construction in WUI areas.Continue Reading
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