Multifamily Housing Construction Heats Up This Summer

According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, multifamily production was up 29.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 489,000 developments in June. 

The pace of multi-unit construction is blazing hot, and the building industry needs materials to help structures meet fire codes. When it comes to multifamily construction, LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing is a trusted building solution, providing a cost-effective solution for fire-resistant construction.

A unique combination of flame-spread resistance and burn-through resistance, LP FlameBlock is a code-compliant component of 1-hour and 2-hour fire-rated interior and exterior wall assemblies and roof decks, making it ideal for multi-story or multifamily developments. 

FlameBlock has structural design values equal to standard sheathing in the same performance category. ICC-certified (ESR-1365) per AC264 with a Class A and 30-minute Flame Spread Rating (ASTM E84), it combines fire resistance and impressive structural performance in a single panel.

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Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

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.

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Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

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.

Maintenance4 min
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

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.

Business Advice5 min
The Importance Of Vapor Permeability In Building Envelopes

For weather-resistant barriers (WRBs), ASTM has developed rigorous tests for water resistance and water penetration, plus an air barrier assembly test. But an equally important test is ASTM E96, which measures water vapor permeability over a 24-hour period.