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OSB is $50 a Sheet; What are my Options?

Lumber prices have doubled over the course of the last year. It has to do with how many houses are in demand, interest rates, production facilities and raw material supply. Some of the resins and adhesives used in plywood and OSB are in short supply right now.  Three of the major suppliers have declared force majeure. According to the NAHB, the average lumber package for the average house has increased over $35,000.  This webinar is part of a concerted effort to make builders aware that with rising lumber prices, rising OSB and plywood prices, there are ways of using alternate bracing methods and foam sheathing products to mitigate costs while adding insulation and protection.  The goal of the webinar is to teach builders that this can be done and give them a comfort level of doing so. 

 

Key Takeaways:

When you replace OSB with foam sheathing, there are code and bracing requirements to be considered. However, these are all challenges that have been solved in the past.  If you’re having trouble getting a hold of your lumber packages, there are techniques that can save you some money, get you back on the path to building, and add value for home buyers. 

  • What are builders facing in terms of any extra steps? 
  • Where to look for these alternatives in the code? 
  • What about engineering concerns? 

Panelists:

  • Matt Risinger, Risinger Build
  • Tom Robertson, Business Unit Manager - Wall Insulation, Atlas Roofing Corporation
  • Jen Frey, Senior Product Manager, Atlas Roofing Corporation
  • Dr. J. Kirk Grundahl, Owner, Qualtim, Inc. and DrJ LLC