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LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® Partners with Hope Crisis Response Network to Build 100 Sheds for Sonoma County Wildfire Survivors

On June 9, 2018, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® partnered with the Hope Crisis Response Network in the Inspiring Hope Shed Build event to build 100 sheds for families who lost their homes in the Sonoma County wildfires in fall 2017. Through this partnership, the LP Foundation worked with LP Outdoor Building Solutions, donating 40 000 $ worth of building materials for the sheds, which will be used to store tools and equipment while fire survivors rebuild their homes. 

The event attracted over 900 volunteers, who were divided into teams of four to eight people and paired with homeowners to build the sheds. LP Building Solutions Senior Market Development Manager, Dee Dee Graham, who helped facilitate the donation, volunteered at the event and said, "That day, I couldn't help but feel extremely proud to be an LP employee. The turnout was very inspiring, with hundreds of incredible volunteers donating their time and working together to help rebuild their community."

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Hope Crisis Response Network CEO and Founder Kevin Cox, who worked with Dee Dee to coordinate the product donation, said, "This event had a three-fold purpose. First, homeowners who are collecting items as they work on their property need a place to store them. Secondly, the shed is the beginning of the rebuilding process. It denotes progress and gives homeowners a sense of hope. Thirdly, the build begins the process of recruiting volunteers for home rebuilds in Sonoma County, as volunteers get a sample of the rewards of providing assistance to these families."

As a company, LP Building Solutions is committed to building strong relationships within their communities, whether that be through monetary or in-kind donations or volunteerism. This effort is an example of both, and part of the company's overall commitment to giving back and supporting the communities where they live and work.

About Hope Crisis Response Network

Hope City is a ministry of Hope Crisis Response Network, a non-profit organization providing disaster response and relief founded in 1999. Hope City has been operating in Lake County, California, rebuilding homes following the Valley Fire in September 2015 and plans to build homes in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well.

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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.