Business Advice5 min

High-Performance Roofs and Attics Require Exceptional Teamwork

They say that “the future arrives first” in California—and its Title 24 codes are indeed propelling America toward a Zero Net Energy future. Designing and building high-performance roofs and attics will take unprecedented teamwork between architects, specifiers, contractors and HVAC professionals.

Here are some of the issues that they’ll jointly be focusing on: 

Energy efficiency – To drive Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores lower each year, there’s an increased emphasis on installing radiant barrier sheathing to keep solar heat in the roof panel from penetrating into a home’s attic. Products like LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing block up to 97% of the incoming heat, reducing attic temperature by up to 30° F. In addition, more builders are now placing ducts and HVAC equipment inside the home’s conditioned space as a strategy for achieving Zero Net Energy goals.

Proven warranties – Roofing professionals are looking for strong, long-term warranties, like the 20-year transferable limited warranty offered on LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier.

Easy workability – Builders prefer roofing and attic products that install easily, with no additional tools or specialty labor required. 

Moisture control – Moisture can damage a home’s building envelope so more specifiers are choosing products like LP TechShield sheathing, which features patented technology that allows the panel to dry more quickly during construction and allows for moisture evaporation. 

Roofs are one of the largest parts of a home’s building envelope, yet they often get less attention than windows and walls. That’s why we’re seeing closer collaboration between architects, roofing specifiers, builders and HVAC specialists. Designing high-performance roofs and attics will play an essential role in meeting tomorrow’s rigorous energy codes.

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Industry Trends5 min

Solutions for the Starter Home Shortage

The supply of modestly priced starter homes continues to drop nationwide. A recent report by Realtor.com found that the number of homes priced above $750,000 grew 11 percent last year, while the number of starter homes priced under $200,000 fell by 8 percent.

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News & Stories6 min
The What’s & Why’s of the LP® SmartSide® 5/50 Limited Warranty

Any building professional will tell you that the quality of a building material is only as good as its warranty. This is why LP Building Solutions created an industry-leading limited warranty for our line of LP® SmartSide® siding products. One that aims to ensure peace-of-mind for builders and homeowners.

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.”