News & Stories2 min

Clarke County OSB Mill Expands for LP FlameBlock Production

Last week, our Clarke County, Alabama, OSB mill broke ground on a new expansion for production of our LP FlameBlock fire-rated OSB sheathing. Dignitaries from around the area joined LP officials in celebrating the groundbreaking for a new building that will house the production. 

LP selected the Clarke County mill for the FlameBlock sheathing production line because of its strong workforce and proven performance in manufacturing commodity OSB from safety, quality and environmental perspectives.  In addition, the Clarke County mill produces 9- and 10-foot LP LongLength OSB Sheathing, often preferred for FlameBlock fire-rated wall applications.

Plans call for the multi-million dollar project to be completed in the third quarter of 2016, with production scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.  

The Freedonia Group predicts that US flame retardant demand will rise 6.0% yearly to 1.1 billion pounds in 2016, with construction products being the fastest growing market. LP is committed to meeting the high demand for fire-rated OSB with adequate production facilities such as our newest mill expansion in Clarke County.

Curious how LP FlameBlock helps slow the spread of flame and heat? Read about the science behind the product.

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Business Advice6 min

Why It’s Important To “Respect the Spec”

While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”

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Business Advice4 min
Siding That’s a Cut Above

Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.

Inspiration6 min
Budget-Friendly Architectural Styles for Modern Multifamily Builds

Masterfully achieving modern architectural styles in multifamily designs takes expertise and patience, especially when a tight budget competes with other design goals like staying on top of trends, addressing resident preferences, and seamlessly incorporating a desired look into a community. Dominic Rigosu of RIDA Architecture, PLLC, balanced all of these factors in a recent project. He designed Woodrow Wilson Townhomes, a 100-unit affordable housing development originally built in 1972 in Amsterdam, New York. It was surrounded by a mix of market-rate, well-maintained, single-family homes.