The price of lumber has more than doubled since this time last year when production slowed in anticipation of a decrease in demand caused by the pandemic lockdowns. That scenario didn’t quite play out, however, as people stuck at home quickly turned to DIY build and repair projects instead now that they had so much more time on their hands to survey and address their home R&M needs.
Lumber demand actually increased as production and supply fell. Combined with ongoing Canadian tariffs on imported softwood supply, the prices took off and have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the high price of lumber has buyers questioning whether they should hold off on their building plans as builders pass along the added $24,000 per home – on average! – that is the result of high lumber prices.
Projects are being drawn-out past expected and nonprofit housing organizations such as Habitat For Humanity are having difficulty meeting their missions.
At GHH, we just say, “Forget about waiting for the repeal of Canadian lumber tariffs and increased production to refill supply and bring the price of lumber back down, because the better alternative exists today!”
Enough with the lumber. Why continue cutting trees, shipping to mills, shipping to lumber yards, etc and so forth when structural insulated panels (SIPs) are cheaper, easier, and steadier in price?
SIPs have been in use since their development in 1935 but took off when the first foam core SIP was introduced in 1952. They hit their stride in the 1980s when oriented strand board (OSB) became the manufacturing standard for insulated panels.
These days, SIPs are customized and built off-site, saving builders and homebuyers on site-build costs.
SIPs are the primary building block of our Green Hybrid Habitats homes although we take the process even further to ensure the safest and most fortified structure that will withstand 200-mph winds and prevent mold and other water-induced flooding damage.
We use STEEL Structural Insulated Panels in the GHH build:
- SSIPs that are used in the roof, floor, and walls (interior and exterior).
- SSIPs that eliminate the need for drywall and all of its incumbent problems: emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), having to be painted and repaired, warping, being prone to mold and mildew, and of course, water damage from storms and flooding.
- SSIPs that eliminate the need for lumber framing entirely while binding together from top to bottom for the highest level of FORTIFICATION against natural disasters.
- SSIPs that a termite would have no interest in chewing…
Our SSIPs don’t need painting, ever. Our SIPs laugh at floods, telling them, “Not today foul waters!”.
GHH SSIPs are painted with a high performance Kynar paint system which is a resin-based architectural, insulated, and metal panel coating that comes with a 25-year guarantee and is USDA and LEED approved. They arrive having already saved the homebuyer 25 years (at least) of home repair and maintenance costs. Add that up – the people hours AND the price of supplies – and that’s a whole bunch of savings for the homeowner. The GHH home is easier on your wallet and on your back over the lifetime of the house.
You know what else it’s easier on? Your overall health! In tandem with the GHH whole-home ventilation and advanced indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring systems, VOCs are significantly reduced and that means fewer respiratory irritants and at far lower levels will be present in the home at any given moment.
In the Age of COVID, that’s the kind of savings that pays you back tenfold, in the sheer act of simply breathing easier but also in the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home isn’t quietly wearing down your health.