Almost 38 million Americans live in multifamily structures, and studies show that the number of U.S. renters in multifamily buildings is continuing on a steady incline. With almost two million new units across the U.S in the past 10 years, the demand for building materials is rising with the tide.
LP recently partnered with OnPoint Capital, a Boston-based real estate investment development firm, to update a three-unit Victorian style home using the LP Structural Solutions portfolio.
Multifamily construction refers to multiple units within the same structure, each with a different tenant. Multifamily structure examples include apartment complexes, duplexes and more.
Considerations for Multifamily Builds
OnPoint Capital buys distressed and deteriorated housing stock within some of Boston’s most promising neighborhoods and transforms them into condos and rental properties. When changing or updating a structure—especially from a single-family home to a multifamily structure—there are some things to consider before beginning.
Inevitably, the various multifamily construction types may have different code requirements from single-family homes. Be sure to abide by local building codes for multifamily structures. These may vary based on the size of the structure or number of units in a structure.
Beyond codes and regulations, consider the livability of the space you are building such as creaky floors or areas more prone to moisture intrusion.
To protect their three-unit Boston build, OnPoint Capital used products from LP Structural Solutions that are proven to protect from the elements. Let’s see how they stack up for multifamily building:
LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing
LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated Sheathing has enormous value for multifamily builds, given the proximity of units, and it has become common in Boston multifamily structures. LP FlameBlock sheathing has the versatility to be used in most types of construction and is evaluated to meet code requirements for fire-resistant construction, so both builders and residents of multifamily structures can have peace of mind.
LP FlameBlock sheathing is a listed component in fire-resistance-rated wall assemblies and provides design flexibility by combining structural capacity and fire resistance in a single panel. It may also eliminate the need for exterior gypsum to simplify and expedite the construction process.
LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier
LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier is proven to provide a tight envelope to help keep energy in. With the protection of an integrated water-resistive barrier on the panel, as well as LP WeatherLogic Seam & Flashing Tape, you don’t have to worry about moisture getting behind the panel like it might with traditional housewrap products. The moisture management technology provides a continuous air and water-resistive barrier while allowing water vapor to escape.
LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring
When it comes to flooring in multifamily structures—which typically have multiple levels—stiff, quiet sub-floors are a benefit for tenants who may want less noise from the unit above. LP Legacy Premium Sub-Flooring is a super durable, premium, strand-based composite wood panel designed for demanding sub-floor applications. In fact, it’s known for being one of the stiffest sub-floors on the planet.
Often during the multifamily construction process, the top level is exposed to the elements during construction longer than other levels. LP Legacy panels feature Gorilla Glue Technology® for exceptional moisture resistance to help reduce swelling and other effects of moisture exposure. Additionally, only LP Legacy Premium Sub-Flooring offers a Covered Until It’s Covered® no-sand warranty—plus a lifetime limited warranty that lasts as long as the structure.
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