LP SolidStart line meets builder demand

A manufacturer of strand-based engineered wood products, LP Building Products begins production of a new product, LP SolidStart LSL (Laminated Strand Lumber), and offers the industry’s only 1.75E in its product line.  LSL, a structural engineered wood product, is made from thin, longer length wood strands that are oriented parallel to the product’s length — the key to LSL’s  strength.

Available in lengths up to 64 feet and a maximum thicknesses capacity of 3-1/2 inches, LP SolidStart LSL is produced exclusively at LP’s Houlton, Maine, facility, which is currently completing conversion from OSB to exclusive LSL production.

Brian Luoma, vice president and general manager of LP’s engineered wood products business said, “There is growing demand for LSL because of its superior durability, strength and consistency in comparison to dimensional lumber.”

Backed by a lifetime limited warranty, LP SolidStart LSL is ideal for a variety of residential construction uses, including headers and beams, wall stud applications, roof beams and rafters, truss chords, rim board and stair stringers.

The product will be available through a network of more than 70 distributors and dealers.

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Call 1-877-4BRADCO to reserve a copy of the 2008 Residential Product Catalog and 2008 Tool Catalog, or visit on the web at www.bradcosupply.com.

$2.50 a day heats large solar home in New York
Who cares if it’s 14 degrees outside with nine inches of snow piled up? Not John Kosmer. No matter what the temperature or the weather, it costs Kosmer just $2.50 a day to heat the 4,000 square feet in his upstate New York solar home. That’s less than $1,000 a year in energy costs at a time when fuel oil prices are steadily rising.

“Heating costs for this home are so low because the sun is responsible for the lion’s share of the heat,” says Kosmer. “Our passive solar house was constructed so that it retains heat and moves it through a ducted air heat transfer system.”

Kosmer, builder John Carrigan with Building With Integrity, and Bruce Brownell of Adirondack Alternative Energy all worked together to carefully select the products used to construct the three-story home. As the solar engineer on the project, Brownell specified four-inch thick rigid polyurethane on the exterior walls, under the roof and beneath the one-foot concrete slab. A state-of-the-art boiler was added to include supplemental heat during the coldest weather. And, pre-finished concrete siding with a 50-year warranty covers the home’s exterior.

“One of our most important decisions was which windows to install,” says Kosmer. “I specified ENERGY STAR compliant windows,” he says.

There are 53 Simonton windows in the Kosmer Solar Home.  A woodstove with a red enamel stovepipe rises several stories in the atrium of the house. The atrium acts like a huge duct, carrying heated air up into grilles in the attic ductwork. From there, it’s then redistributed throughout the home to keep temperatures at a comfortable 68 degrees. n

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