The three main buckets of costs to build a home: cost of land, cost of materials and cost of labor. Regarding labor costs to build a house, it’s getting tougher to ensure high efficiency on the jobsite as highly skilled Boomer-age construction pros retire. One way to accomplish that is to use high-performance building products that deliver lasting results yet are easy to work with and install.
What’s a high-performance building product? Think of products that will eliminate steps in the installation process or use familiar installation practices yet provide an additional feature or benefit.
Here are a few examples:
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding
Joe Nitti, co-owner of Nitti Development in the Chicago area, says that his crews have saved time and labor thanks to the workability of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products. “They’re light, so it’s easy for the guys to lift and install them,” he says.
LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier
“You can keep jobsite efficiency high with an air and water barrier system that installs in one step without having to bring in a separate crew the next day to apply house wrap,” says LP field tech Juan Urquiza. “In many cases, the house wrap crew comes from a different city. When you use LP’s new air and water barrier solution, you eliminate the wait time and expense of paying a specialty crew.”
LP Legacy® Premium Sub-flooring
On sub-flooring jobs, efficiency decreases when the crew must sand sub-flooring that’s been exposed to rain for a number of months during a build. But sub-flooring manufacturers keep making giant strides in moisture resistance. Some sub-flooring products offer 100- and even 200-day no-sand warranties, but LP Legacy® sub-flooring now comes with a Covered Until It’s Covered® no-sand warranty.
LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier
It requires no additional skills or training for crews to install a radiant barrier in the roof, yet the long-term results of a radiant barrier surpass that of conventional roof sheathing. LP TechShield radiant barrier blocks up to 97% of the radiant heat in the roof panel from emitting into a home’s attic, reducing an attic’s temperature by up to 30° F and helping curb cooling costs. Using this product in place of conventional sheathing may help builders qualify for Green Building credits, energy rebates and lower HERS scores.
LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated OSB Sheathing
Installing shaft wall can be an efficiency-killer for less experienced crews. As an alternative to shaft wall, some construction companies are now switching to assemblies that use fire-rated OSB sheathing. They’re lighter and less cumbersome than shaft wall so they can be installed faster.
High-performance building solutions are helping construction teams maintain peak efficiency in this period when their most highly skilled employees are getting replaced by junior ones.
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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.
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.”