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!

Inside the floor cavity – welcome to the jungle

Contrary to floors built with 2″ x 10″, an engineered wood floor system allows you to hide a large portion of a house’s mechanical systems. Using the floor cavity in this way enables you to design uniform, wide open living spaces. It also reduces the need to run HVAC ducting in attic spaces, which from … Continued

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Installing TRIFORCE®, the open web floor joist

Every once in a while we like to get back to basics with some installation tips.  If you are new to installing TRIFORCE®, these guidelines will help you transition from what you were using before. For those of you that are already using this great product, there’s no harm in going over a quick refresher in … Continued

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Dealing with rising materials pricing and shortages

In the past few months, we’ve heard a lot of talk about rising materials pricing. From softwood lumber to gypsum and concrete, many materials have seen substantial price increases since the beginning of the year.  Lumber pricing won’t likely stabilize in the short-term either. Not only rising materials pricing but shortages too Some of this instability … Continued

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Can I cut strongbacks? Yes, you can – here’s how

Customers regularly ask me if they can cut strongbacks. The short answer is yes, but before explaining how, here’s a quick rundown of what strongbacks are, for those of you who aren’t familiar with them. What strongbacks are Strongbacks are horizontal members that attach perpendicularly to a series of open web joists, inside the floor cavity. Their purpose is … 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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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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Humidity control at building closure with TRIFORCE®

An open web design has many advantages over I-joists or 2″ x 10″  when it comes to humidity control during building closure and utility installation. Humidity control to avoid problems down the road Proper temperature and humidity control during and after the building’s transition to being closed are essential.  High humidity levels,  heavy rain or snowmelt … Continued

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Triforce collaborates with modular home builders

The modular housing trend With the recent improvements in construction materials and building techniques, it is no surprise that the modular home is rapidly growing in popularity. Undeniably,  modular homes have many advantages: Built in a controlled factory environment and safe from humidity, water or wind damage during construction. This includes not only the home itself … Continued

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Using open web joists opens up new possibilities (part 2/2)

This is part 2 of a post about why you should use open web joists in your construction projects. See part 1 called Open web design is open to the future. Previously on this subject, I talked about how open web joists like TRIFORCE® eliminate the need to drill holes to pass ducts and plumbing. Without a … 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.