Industry Trends7 min

Why You Should Rely On Data Rather Than Instinct

Data-driven Construction Helps Builders Mitigate Risk and Strengthen Profitability

For many years, construction pros have relied on experience and gut instinct more than on data, but that’s rapidly changing. Many banks, investment groups and insurance companies now need a construction data analysis to help identify potential risks before okaying a construction deal. And in the field, builders need easy access to actionable information – both at the lot level and company-wide – to help boost quality, control costs and manage trade partners.

LP helps customers, in part, by sharing data and industry insights. This is particularly helpful for smaller builders trying to compete with bigger builders in their market.

LP views itself as more than simply a manufacturer; rather, it values the depth of the relationships it forms with customers. It is an example of a building solutions company using data in transformative ways to help customers. “We’re leveraging data to better understand how we can bring value to contractors and homeowners,” says Liz Hunt, an LP marketing automation specialist. “A great example is the LP BuildSmart® app, which allows our preferred contractors to manage their homeowner leads. Not only are we helping connect homeowners with qualified remodelers, we can also identify which areas of the country have the most demand for LP® SmartSide® products.”

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But LP doesn’t work alone in this endeavor to support customers. They turn to other industry resources, like IBACOS, to understand and address industry challenges.

“Our company is really a knowledge provider that leverages technology, not a software company in the homebuilding space,” says Glenn Cottrell, managing director of Builder Solutions at Pittsburgh-based IBACOS, makers of the PERFORM® lot-level quality inspection platform that offers on-site installation tips for hundreds of building products (including several LP solutions). Cottrell’s team recently helped create a digital guidebook and library of installation illustrations to support in-field technical standards for Toll Brothers, America’s fourth largest homebuilder.

Using PERFORM on a smartphone or tablet, a field manager can quickly validate that the jobsite complies with Toll technical standards. It’s also an excellent on-site training tool. “If supervisors are inspecting a shaft liner installation and want to make sure it’s done right, they can pull up a side-by-side checklist and illustration. If improvements are needed, a supervisor can show the trade contractor exactly what’s expected.”

Like most other industries, homebuilding is getting too complex to rely solely on experience and instinct. Homebuilder data analysis is an inextricable part of everything from project financing and risk management to quality assurance and customer satisfaction.

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Business Advice4 min

Choosing Materials: Best Siding for Cold Climates

January and February typically usher in the season’s coldest temperatures, bringing the need to use building materials that can withstand frigid temperatures with them. However, it’s often the freeze/thaw cycle––cold days followed by quick warm-ups––that can cause significant damage to a home’s siding. So, what is the best siding for cold climates to combat this?

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Best House Sheathing for Cold Climates

With temperatures dropping, insulation and protecting new construction against the elements are top of mind. Of course, builders must consider how insulated wall sheathing can help meet code requirements and contribute to the overall performance of the building envelope. However, they must also carefully consider potential moisture problems both during and after the build and the potential impacts of freeze/thaw cycles. With the season of potential hard freezes followed by fast warm-ups upon us, let’s explore methods for choosing the best house sheathing for cold climates.

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Building a House During Winter: Cold Weather Construction Safety Tips

With housing demand at an all-time high, builders do not have the ability to halt home construction during the winter months. Builders can work safely year round, even building houses during winter with planning and preparation. Advanced products and installation methods allow work to be performed during wet and very cold temperatures, but builders also need to consider winter safety for construction workers.

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Engineered Wood Siding in Multifamily Developments

Engineered wood siding has long been considered a trustworthy exterior product for single-family homes, but it is often overlooked for multifamily and commercial construction. LP® SmartSide® products are versatile enough for a range of builds beyond traditional single-family homes. Take a look at the homes featured in Madison Parade of Homes for siding inspiration and to see how LP SmartSide Trim & Siding might suit your building needs.