News & Stories6 min

Habitat for Humanity Cuts Down on Construction Time with LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing

In our latest case study, we share the builder success story of implementing LP FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing in a town house setting. Habitat for Humanity® of New Castle County broke ground in March 2015 on Walnut Ridge in Wilmington, Delaware. Walnut Ridge would consist of nine units in total, including a four-pack and a five-pack of single-family attached townhomes. LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing was used on all nine townhomes as a code-compliant component of a U350 2-hour partition wall assembly. 

Director of Construction and Real Estate for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County Sean Allen oversees all local projects. LP FlameBlock sheathing was recommended to him by John Connell, his trusted dealer at Grubb Lumber, who saw the product successfully used in townhomes in New Jersey. For Allen, the speed of installation was what drew him to LP FlameBlock sheathing. 

“I would say the assemblies were built probably a month or two faster than a shaft wall assembly,” said Allen. “If this job had production builders on staff, I can see how this product would greatly effect the cost of a build because of time and labor savings.”

Allen now plans to use LP FlameBlock sheathing in a U350 assembly in another upcoming townhome project for Habitat for Humanity. “I would recommend this product for any townhome build,” he says.

Learn more and find other case studies showing the success of our products in application: http://lpcorp.com/resources/case-studies/lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing/habitat-for-humanity-cuts-down-on-construction-time-with-lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing

To learn more about the U350 assembly, check out the LP FlameBlock page: http://lpcorp.com/products/panels/lp-flameblock-fire-rated-osb-sheathing

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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.