Fire & Sound Performance

TRIFORCE® has been designed to meet fire-code requirements for different building types. In this section, you will learn about all the different options that are offered to the construction market in terms of fire and sound performance.

For residential construction, TRIFORCE® is the least expensive way to meet IRC R302.13 fire-code requirements for unfinished basement ceiling applications.

In addition, TRIFORCE® offers many different assemblies to meet multifamily buildings fire code requirements offering 45 min, 60 min, 90 min and 2-hour assemblies. These assemblies are also used as part of your sound requirements in those applications. All TRIFORCE® testings were conducted by independent laboratories.

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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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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TRIFORCE® MAKES FIRE RESISTANT OPEN CEILING BASEMENT DESIGN POSSIBLE

Open ceiling design for single-family home basements is certainly popular if you judge by its coverage on the web or the number of tips you can find on how to create a more open-looking basement space. This trendy “industrial look” in single-family homes has definitely caught on. For builders, however, safety considerations naturally come before … Continued

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Top 5 Criteria of New Homebuyers

Times change, and so does our industry. We must adapt to new requirements, stricter legislation, and evolving trends. The new house market illustrates this eloquently. Buyers have specific criteria in mind when making their choice. Consequently, new building methods and materials are essential to address this new reality. Now, other than the neighborhood and the … Continued

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TRIFORCE® and Wood I Joists: How Do They Compare?

A hallmark of engineered joists is their use of geometry to maximize structural capacity. The two most common geometric shapes configuring successful engineered floor framing components are the triangle and the “I”. History sings praises of the “I” shape. It recognizes the strength it gave to rails carrying transcontinental trains that unified young nations and … Continued

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Floor performance: A matter of perception

How a floor system performs, in the eyes (or mind) of someone who occupies that floor, is a very subjective assessment.  One person’s opinion of how it should feel when standing or walking on a floor can differ markedly from another’s.  Besides, industry standards aren’t necessarily helpful since meeting minimum building code design requirements doesn’t … Continued

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A simpler way to satisfy floor system fire-code requirements

If you’re a residential builder, how you satisfy fire-code requirements for floor systems depends on where you’re building. In states such as California, Maryland and Washington D.C., sprinklers are mandatory in new, one and two-family homes. Other states, such as Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont allow for the local adoption of sprinkler … Continued

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TRIFORCE complies with IRC 2015/2018 fire performance requirements

Public awareness about the fire safety of engineered wood floor joists has grown exponentially in the past 15 years. Tragic incidents involving rapid collapses of “I” beam type joists during residential fires shocked the public and fire authorities. Engineered wood joists weren’t fire-resistant. Later, the International Code Council established engineered wood fire performance requirements for … Continued

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A little bit of Joist history…

How about a little bit of joist history? Currently on the market, there are essentially three different types of engineered floor joists Wood I-Joists Steel plated floor trusses Finger-jointed and glued floor joists Wooden I-Joists They’ve been around for nearly 50 years, having been invented in the late 60’s. They get their name from their cross-section, … Continued

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Acoustic performance for an Engineered wood floor structure

Anyone who has lived in a multi-unit building with noisy neighbours can appreciate the effects of sound transmission. Since the 1990’s the International Building Code has included requirements for sound performance, to help guide architects and contractors in building better sound attenuation performance into their constructions. This evaluation is done on two distinct types of … 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.