Katherine Masse

5 reasons why your floor system is underperformant

A high-performance floor system must be effective at all levels. Safety, comfort, cost optimization, practicality in construction. All being important considerations for both builders and owners. Discover five reasons why your floor system could be underperforming without you knowing it! 1. It is not fireproof Depending on the construction type, the floor system must either … Continued

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Individually tested : only proven TRIFORCE® joists are shipped to job sites

To certify a product for use under the current model building codes, bodies like the International Code Council (ICC) and the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) confirm that the product is built to and performs to identifiable standards…standards that ensure longevity and safety. Such certification has been confirmed for TRIFORCE® open joist (ICC Report ESR-2999 … Continued

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Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2020 Regarding Construction News and Trends

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” Winston Churchill We all know how challenging 2020 has been for everyone because of COVID-19’s massive impact it had on our industry. But once again, in spite of everything, our experts strove to bring you quality content and valuable information about technical challenges and new practices in construction, … Continued

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Environmentally Conscious Design & Manufacturing

The open joist TRIFORCE® relies on more than 35 years of expertise, being rooted to the well-known Open Joist 2000® as its predecessor. It represents the synthesis of all the features and benefits of all types of joists combined. Manufactured in an ultra-sophisticated facility with a 100% robotic production, TRIFORCE® open joist results in an … Continued

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Choosing a fire-rated solution for single-family floor systems

Whether you’re building, renovating or rebuilding a single-family home, your basement floor system has to provide a fire-rated solution. The International Residential Code (IRC) identifies the fire-resistance expected of your floor if a fire breaks out below it. If your floor structure consists of  2″ x 10″ dimensional lumber, you already have your solution.  This is … Continued

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Decreasing deflection to increase comfort and perceived quality

Deflection is the vertical up and down movement of a floor when it is subjected to loads. Deflection performance is both a safety and a comfort consideration. Perceived quality is another related consideration. It’s not as well understood, but it’s also important. Safety Building codes define allowable deflection to keep flooring and ceiling materials from … Continued

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TRIFORCE®, as green as the raw material that it is made from: Wood!

Did you know that wood is the most sustainable, natural and renewable building material available in North America? Wood represents a building material that can assist in the fight against climate change caused by greenhouse gases. It is renewable, recyclable, reusable, and organic. It also cleans the air, cleans water, provides oxygen, and is biodegradable. … Continued

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DO YOU GET THE SERVICE AND PRODUCT QUALITY YOU DESERVE?

As your time becomes more valuable, you must trust that component manufactures will be there for you with quick and accurate solutions.  Timely communication with clear and precise answers is what you deserve and what you should expect.  A loss of time is a loss of money! Free Access to Experts! Barrette Structural Distribution, Inc. … Continued

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BUILDERS, TO FINISH OR NOT TO FINISH THE BASEMENT?

When buying a home or especially when building a new home, it’s never too early to consider the possibility and/or options of someday finishing the basement.  Below we’ll attempt to provide information to help with this decision. New homeowners have their financial limits when it comes to adding any “nice-to-haves”.  This may be a reason … Continued

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STAY IN THE RACE WITH TRIFORCE®: COST-EFFECTIVE, LIGHT AND SAFE.

We all know the pace of business is speeding up and our goal is often to check something off our to-do lists because time is money and delay can be really pricy. There is a cost to added time and the cost of that delay can easily exceed the savings from low-cost products. All-wood Finger-joined … Continued

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*Note/mention: The designer and/or general contractor of the project or building must ensure the accuracy of the technical information discussed in this blog over the years and always rely on the most up-to-date product’s requirements, specifications and installation guidelines available online on this website, and the applicable codes and standards.