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NAHB competition winners design home for war veteran

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Design Committee has announced the winning team of its first-ever live design competition held during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) last month in Las Vegas. Four teams competed to design a home for Laura Sellinger, a U.S. Air Force veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.

The NAHB Design Committee partnered with the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and Operation Finally Home to create the competition, which was administered through NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards (BALA). 

“For builders, remodelers, tradesman, suppliers, designers and others in our industry, working together to provide a home is one way we can give something back to America’s warriors who have suffered harm in service to our country,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB’s first vice chairman and a builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. 

Four teams designed a three-bedroom, single-family home to be built within the city limits of Clearwater, Fla. The home had to include universal design features, such as wide hallways and a large shower 

The design teams had nine hours to complete a design and then submit it to the BALA judges. The four entries were judged by design professionals and IBS attendees, who voted via text.

“I think the winning design is truly creative, and I am honored to say that the home that will be built was designed just for Laura,” said Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, owner of Home Accessibilities, a residential design firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

The winning design team consisted of Mike Crocker, Jerry Messman and David Copenhaver of BSB Design in Des Moines, Iowa.

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PrimeSource, Rebuilding Together form partnership

BY HBSDealer Staff

PrimeSource has entered into a yearlong partnership with Rebuilding Together to provide Grip-Rite products to disaster recovery efforts across the country.

PrimeSource will work to support Rebuilding Together affiliates in affected areas with Grip-Rite tools and building materials.

“PrimeSource and its Grip-Rite products have a long history of being there to get the job done, to help build and rebuild America’s homes and communities,” said Ken Fishbein, Co-CEO of PrimeSource Building Products. “As part of that commitment we are proud to support the long-term recovery efforts of Rebuilding Together’s Disaster Assessment and Recovery Team.”

Rebuilding Together affiliates have helped rebuild more than 1,000 homes along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, working on homes after floods in Nashville, and a regional effort in western Massachusetts after tornadoes swept through the area.

“The homeowners we serve are among those most severely impacted when disasters occur,” said Gary Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “If their home is damaged or destroyed, they often lack the means or resources to rebuild and may lose everything. This is one of the most basic, most elemental examples of our core mission put into action — rebuilding a home for those who may otherwise lose everything. We rely on partners like PrimeSource to help us carry out this mission.”

The partnership kicked off during an Oct. 25, 2012 rebuild event in Orlando, Fla. where PrimeSource contributed resources and Grip-Rite tools to resident Linda Lipofsky, whose home was damaged by the 2004 Hurricanes Frances and Charley.

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LP expands i-Joist offerings in Europe

BY Ken Clark

Nashville, Tenn.-based LP Building Products has added a broad range of LP SolidStart I-Joists to its engineered wood product offerings for the European Union.

The offering includes five joist series from the lightweight and economical LPI 18 series — ideal where deep depth product is required to meet the increased insulation demand of the new Passive House designs — to the span buster LPI 52 series, which is available in depths up to 610mm. 

The three most popular series — the battle joist energy-efficient LPI 18, the mid-range LPI 20 and the problem solver LPI 42 — are now available in metric depths of 225mm, 240mm, 300mm, 360mm and 400mm. All other series and depths can be special ordered between 200mm and 610mm deep. The products are available in two standard flange widths, 63mm and 89mm, to provide for reduced blocking lengths making for easier detailing and cutting as well as simpler on-site installation. 

In addition to the new metric depths, LP is the first company to supply a fit-for-purpose 225mm depth, engineered to match UK brick and block coursing and standard EU Glulam depth. Product lengths are available in standard 300mm or 600mm increments up to 12.0m with 13.5m lengths available on special order.

All LP SolidStart I-Joists come standard with a specialty grade oriented strand board (OSB) web, including a pre-stamped 38mm knockout hole for services and venting at 300mm centers.

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