Two Upcoming Webinars Explore Alternatives to Lumber in Home Building

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This post was updated on May 26 with webinar replay information. With the price of lumber reaching all-time highs and no immediate relief in sight, NAHB Education has scheduled two free webinars that will explore alternatives to wood-framed homes so that members can better educate themselves about available options. Home builders are not likely to leave behind traditional "stick-built" homes without good reason. 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. If you missed the live webinars, you can still register now to access the webinar replays. The Business Case for Building with Insulating Concrete Forms Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1–2 p.m. ET As lumber prices have spiked, the cost of concrete has remained stable. Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) have become a highly popular alternative to wood framing. ICFs are polystyrene forms that are stacked in place and then filled with concrete to form a solid wall. This webinar will present builders with the business case for building high-quality, disaster-resilient, energy-efficient homes with concrete. Hear from a builder who has used ICFs, a developer who is championing concrete in home building, and a representative from the concrete industry. Register now. Sponsored by Build With Strength, a Coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Affordable Lumber Alternatives: Framing with SIPs and Steel Wednesday, May 12, 3-4 p.m. ET Two established framing methods — structural insulated panels (SIPs) and steel frame construction — are getting fresh consideration as an alternative to onsite stick framing. These methods may provide an answer for home builders facing record-high lumber prices. Webinar attendees will get an overview of each solution, and hear from builders and industry professionals who have successfully integrated SIPs and steel frame construction into their home building businesses. Register now. Please contact NAHB eLearning for any questions about the webinars.    

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