The TRIFORCE® blog is all about sharing our passion for building, either through our bloggers’ opinions on the market or on technical matters related to wood building. Through these articles, case studies and stories, we hope you’ll learn more about the open joist TRIFORCE® and floor system performance.

The TRIFORCE® blog is a forum for ideas and opinions and, by all means, we invite you to share your experiences in the response section. If the blog inspires you to seek actual technical advice suited to your circumstances, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a more in-depth conversation. We’ll be happy to help!

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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Open joist TRIFORCE® quality control: a cut way above.

Is quality control important in the construction industry? Let’s put it this way: The end user lives or works inside the finished product. They can’t just return it to the lumberyard if something is wrong. Quality is the best policy.  With that in mind, let’s have a look at the commitment to quality that goes … Continued

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Structural Rim board: carrying the load

However simple the rim board may seem, it is a central element in an engineered wood floor construction system. It literally carries the load: Installed perpendicular or parallel along the outside of TRIFORCE® open-joist floor structures, the rim board carries axial and lateral loads from the exterior wall and also helps resist lateral shear loads from … Continued

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12 rules for safe storage and handling of the Open Joist TRIFORCE®

Once you receive your TRIFORCE® joists, you usually have to store them before setting them up. Follow these rules to make sure they are in the best possible condition before installation. Proper storage and handling of TRIFORCE® joists ensures your floor system build is optimal. Here are 12 rules for storage and handling of the … Continued

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How is the Open Joist TRIFORCE® built? (Part 2)

As we explained in our previous article, the Open Joist TRIFORCE® is made with four components. We saw how two of them (the chords and the OSB panel) are prepared for assembly. Today, it’s time to examine the posts and webs! The posts and the webs There are two posts in the Open Joist TRIFORCE: … Continued

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How is the Open Joist TRIFORCE® built? (Part 1)

How do we build the only open and adjustable floor joist? Triforce is a state of art flooring solution entirely made of wood and assembled without any metal connectors. How is it built in the Barrette Structural plant? As you may know, the Open Joist TRIFORCE® is made up of four components: Chords Webs Posts … Continued

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A revolutionary plant for a revolutionary product

Everybody’s talking about sustainable development. It’s something that matters a lot to us at Barrette Structural Distribution. Not only have we made sure the performance of this plant would be optimal, with precise and efficient assembly of our products, but we’ve also worked hard to build a sustainable and green plant. The plant where the … 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.