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A Solution for the Labor Shortage?

The on-going shortage of skilled labor in the construction field is forcing manufacturers to find creative ways to deal with it, particularly in product design and training. First, the products themselves need to be intuitive and designed to eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Sub-flooring products offer a good example of how to design for easy installation.
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Strong Demand for “Zero Energy Ready” Homes

Homebuyers are quickly realizing that there’s a new symbol of excellence in energy-efficient homebuilding: the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH…

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Attracting More Millennial Homebuyers

About half of America’s would-be homebuyers are Millennials, but many have postponed their first home purchase because of sizeable student …

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Some Common Misconceptions About Building Enclosures

It's easy for small amounts of water to enter a home's wall cavity, both during and after construction. When water evaporates it becomes a …

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What Architects Need to Know About Off-Site Construction

Last year LP invested 45 $ million in Entekra, one of the nation's leading off-site homebuilders. As this type of construction gains popular…

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Trends in Exterior Colors and Materials

"The use of color is widely recognized as an important strategic advantage in successfully marketing new residential developments. Color cr…

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How LP Finds Research Talent

Materials like plywood and gypsum haven't changed much in decades, but engineered wood is continuously evolving. While LP is more easily ab…

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Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 pe…

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How “Attainable” Are New Homes?

When people talk about home "affordability" it boils down to one number: the asking price. But home "attainability" is a more complex equat…

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Trends To Watch This Year In Single-Family Homebuilding

The vitality of single-family homebuilding in 2019 will depend on many things that are out of the industry’s control: how often the Fed rai…

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Looking to the Past for New Ways to Build Sustainability into Wetland Road Crossings

Since the early days of Canada's timber trade, foresters have used "corduroy roads." By laying logs down side by side-giving the appearance…

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The Benefits of Utilizing LP Building Products for Outdoor Structures

The unique features of LP® SmartSide® trim and siding products make them ideally suited for use in outdoor st…

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Today's Smaller, Tighter Lot Size Focuses More Attention on Fire Separation Distance

It’s no secret that many developers, architects, and home and multifamily builders are reducing lot size as one way hold down housing costs…