Architects are always looking for ways to make multifamily construction more efficient and less expensive. Here are some trends likely to take center stage in 2019:
The growth in co-housing is putting increased emphasis on sound mitigation– The number of co-housing communities in the U.S. will roughly double in the next five years. Find yourself wondering, “What is co-housing?” It’s where residents share common spaces like kitchens and laundries, but also want their private havens to be quiet. Look for more architects to specify wall assemblies that offer higher Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings. The UL-listed U350 interior wall assembly featuring LP® FlameBlock® sheathing meets this sound-reduction objective – and is easier to install than an area separation wall using shaft liner.
Modular construction will increase to help lower installation costs – Many sections of a typical apartment are now built off-site, then transported to the job site. This speeds the installation process and reduces material waste. In addition to kitchens and bathrooms, external wall assemblies and even stairwells are now being built this way. This mode of construction – pioneered in hotel builds – will accelerate next year in multifamily projects.
Building solutions that offer greater resilience – Architects and specifiers know that what used to be a “storm of the century” is now a frequent event. They’re eager to learn more about products like LP® SmartSide® siding, which can withstand gale-force wind. In earthquake-prone areas, they’re looking for products like LP FlameBlock structural-1 rated sheathing panels that have superior shear strength.
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
GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about $3,000. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 percent of respondents said they plan to splurge on a vacation or luxury item when the refund arrives. But 9 percent plan to use that money for a “major purchase.”
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.
Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.