NAHB to Host Webinars on Lumber Alternatives in Home Building
Faced with an unprecedented leap in lumber prices, home builders may have to turn to alternative building methods to keep up with housing market demand.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced that it will be hosting two webinars in May that will seek to educate home builders on the potential ways they can build homes without relying as heavily on lumber products.
The NAHB estimates that the currently inflated price of lumber now adds up to $36,000 to the price of a new home build. With market experts predicting that the lumber price problem will get worse before it gets better, exploring alternatives to lumber may be one of the best ways for home builders to continue building at a sustainable level.
“Home builders are not likely to leave behind traditional “stick-built” homes without good reason,” reads the webinar announcement. “But with lumber prices now adding nearly $36,000 to the price of an average single-family home and with recent advancements in building technology in other areas, certain framing methods at least deserve a look.”
The webinars are free to NAHB members and cost $39.99 for non-members. Here is more information on what exactly each of the two webinar sessions will cover:
“The Business Case for Building With Concrete Forms”
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1–2 p.m. ET
This webinar will be centered around insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and how they are quickly becoming one of the most popular alternatives to traditional lumber framing. Praised for their energy efficiency and durability, ICF walls present an intriguing option for any home builders looking to use less lumber in their builds. The webinar will feature insight from a builder and a developer with experience using ICFs as well as a representative from the concrete industry.
“Affordable Lumber Alternatives: Framing with SIPs and Steel”
Wednesday, May 12, 3-4 p.m. ET
The second of the two webinars will take a look at a couple of other alternative framing materials: structural insulated panels (SIPs) and steel frame construction. These two “traditional” house framing methods may not be used as much as they were in the past, but with the current state of lumber prices they are definitely worth revisiting. The webinar will include a look at exactly how framing with SIPs and steel works as well as testimonials from builders who have successfully employed these methods in the past.