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 jobsite. 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® Trim & Siding, which can withstand gale-force wind. In earthquake-prone areas, they’re looking for products like LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB structural-1 rated sheathing panels that have superior shear strength.
Overall, improvements in building envelopes have helped homeowners benefit from greater protection against moisture. Builders are able to create more energy-efficient homes overall due to these developments. However, when the exterior envelope doesn’t allow a structure to breathe, any moisture that gets trapped inside simply rots—causing more problems than intended. What is the solution to needing a tight building envelope that allows for proper airflow? Symbiotic materials, such as the LP Structural Solutions portfolio of products, provide an answer.Continue Reading
We’re joining Oscar Trejo, LP Technical Sales Manager, for a typical day on the job sharing his knowledge about one of the most durable siding solutions available—LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding. Trejo dedicates his time to providing construction training for building professionals, assisting on the jobsite, and leading his team at LP.
Have you ever considered adding a shed to your backyard? Lately, homeowners like you are thinking beyond storage sheds and instead are using these spaces as offices, gyms and more. With the flexibility that comes from building with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® you can add a beautiful shed to your backyard, complete with one of the most durable siding options available, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which also leads to easier siding maintenance.
As a leader in building solutions, LP Structural Solutions is consistently moving in the direction of greater resiliency. Each innovative building solution is viewed through that lens, as well as how it can help achieve LP’s overall goal of Building a Better World™. But why this direction? What led LP to focus on resilience in construction? Craig Miles, Director of OSB Sales & Marketing, explores how past trends inform LP’s work on modern building techniques today.