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!

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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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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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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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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You probably already know you can have access really rapidly to the TRIFORCE® because it is always in stock. But what makes it so different from other regular wood I-joists? The mix of an open web design and trimmable end First, let’s discover how the TRIFORCE®’s open web design can help you lower your costs.TRIFORCE® … Continued

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Advantages for builders to install strongbacks in an open web floor system

Considering strongbacks when specifying floor systems can help to satisfy end-users who carry heightened perceptions and expectations of how a floor should perform. Even though strongbacks are not required in U.S. applications, they improve performance more effectively than other type of bridging and are recommended for superior floor systems. Best of all, strongbacks can be … 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.