It’s World Environment Day! World Environment Day was established by the United Nations as a way to encourage worldwide awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. On this day, we are all encouraged to do something to take care of the earth and become an agent of change.
Choosing to build with LP® SmartSide® products is a great way to conserve natural resources by making responsible use of available wood. Our products begin with wood, a renewable natural resource. All of the forests directly managed by LP in North America are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard. Sustainable forests are utilized in a way that maintains wildlife habitat and water quality, and conserves the soil. We encourage the same practices for forests where we source wood but don’t own or manage the land.
LP invests in reforestation and helps landowners to oversee the operations of thousands of acres of forests that produce our wood supply. On lands we manage, we reforest within two years of final harvest or within five years when using planned natural regeneration. By practicing sustainable forestry, we can meet current demands for wood products without compromising the future of our forests.
You can’t produce a product of any kind without energy. LP’s manufacturing facilities all use comprehensive environmental management systems to minimize waste as well as promote air and water quality when producing engineered wood siding and trim products. In addition, we use virtually every bit of our wood, even burning the bark to power the plant.
Engineered wood products from LP are one innovation that can help to preserve and sustain the resources we have now for future generations. Learn more about LP SmartSide Trim and Siding at www.lpsmartside.com or at a retailer or dealer near you.
The trend to live near downtown hasn’t waned in recent years. However, finding empty lots to construct new houses continues to pose a challenge. Builders are finding solutions within the Horizontal Property Regime (HPR) zoning policy, which allows tall and skinny row homes. However, with as little as six feet between structures the potential for row home fires dramatically increases. Let’s take a look at some of the concerns for both builders and homeowners—and how LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing can help builders meet code.Continue Reading
New to the LP® Structural Solutions portfolio, LP® NovaCore® Thermal Insulated Sheathing is a dual-layered wall panel design to protect structures against heat loss and gain. It combines resilient OSB sheathing with XPS foam to provide continuous insulation without the long-term R-value deterioration associated with other foam insulation products.
With an abundance of inspiration at their disposal, clients may have design goals that exceed their budget. We talked to building professional Kyle Stumpenhorst to get his tips for helping clients achieve their goals without breaking the bank.