Joist Design & Manufacturing

TRIFORCE® is the only all-wood open-web joist offered to the construction market since the end of the 1980s. This unique product by design is produced in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility using 95% robotic manufacturing processes. This allows us to produce a quality product every time and to ensure you get a great product backed by a lifetime warranty. In addition, all TRIFORCE® joists are individually tested to meet high standards.

Should I use a floor truss or TRIFORCE® open joist in my project?

While floor systems have evolved through time, the good ol’ floor truss is still around. Admittedly, it does have certain advantages. But how does it compare to the latest  generation of our floor solution: TRIFORCE® open joist? Floor truss characteristics Floor trusses are certainly a viable option for your floor structure. A floor truss consists … Continued

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TRIFORCE® Wood Joist Installation Tips

Barrette Structural Distribution offers a downloadable version of the TRIFORCE® Installation Guide accessible at any time on its website. Available in English, Spanish and French, the guide is designed to answer jobsite questions and is a natural complement to the TRIFORCE® Specifier Guide. While we’re on the subject of installation, let’s take this opportunity to … Continued

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Wood is a modern, high-tech building material

Despite being used for millennia as a building material, wood now proves to be more relevant than ever to meet the challenges of today’s construction industry. But why is that so? Why would builders choose to integrate wood in their constructions? I can think of many reasons, from the sustainability of wood to its better … Continued

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Open Web Joist = Open Concept

We live in a world dominated by the need for “open” living spaces. New homes are designed for such and old homes are remodeled to remove walls. When we gather as family and friends, open concept design allows us to remain engaged at all times. Obviously, it’s the structure of a building that makes it … Continued

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Finger Joints: Better Connectors

The fact that TRIFORCE® joists are assembled with “finger joints” was certainly breakthrough news in the world of engineered building components. But the breakthrough was about the application for joist manufacturing rather than the actual joinery process itself.  Versions of finger-like joinery have been responsible for strong things for thousands of years. The Egyptians and … Continued

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To Trim or Not to Trim

“Why should I use a floor joist that is trimmable when I can install a made-to-length truss immediately?” Because it’s not a perfect world! Just ask the framer who, after finishing his morning coffee, opens the bundle of trusses, hoists the first one onto the foundation and discovers it’s too short by 6 inches. Ask … Continued

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Above & Beyond: Individual Joist Testing

Open Joist TRIFORCE® stands out among engineered floor joists because every joist is tested before it leaves Barrette’s state-of-the-art factory.  Only Open Joist products are put through such a testing process. Passing the test helps ensure that only proven joists are shipped to a job site. You can install TRIFORCE® with confidence. Builders and developers … Continued

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Floor System Design: Loading

When designing a floor system, it is crucial to understand how weight and loads are distributed throughout a building.  Often, floor framing plays an important role in transferring loads from the roof to the foundation of a building. To ensure proper structural integrity, the floor loading assessment must account for factors such as roof design, … Continued

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Passive House: building sustainably with TRIFORCE® floor systems

The Passive House movement is becoming a growing trend in the construction industry. Indeed, the idea of building the most energy efficient house has finally become a reality, and the movement is increasingly inspiring builders to improve their projects. The Passive House concept has achieved a certain notoriety in Europe. It actually comes from Germany, … Continued

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Should I use 2 x10, I-joist or open joist TRIFORCE®?

Need to choose between 2 x 10 and an engineered wood joist such as I-joist or open joist TRIFORCE® for your project? Wondering what’s the main difference between I-joist vs 2×10? Well, first off, you need to know that engineered wood has a lot of advantages that can’t be ignored. Engineered wood revolutionized the residential … 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.