Green building practices that call for open web joists

A recent study by Dodge Data & Analytics demonstrates quite convincingly that green building is going mainstream. The study reveals that more than a third of multifamily and single-family builders are engaging in green building practices.

The two most important green building practices

Of all green home performance factors, both builders and customers are most concerned with improving energy efficiency and the healthiness of the indoor living environment.

Building green top performance factors Dodge TRIFORCE
source: Dodge Data & Analytics – Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017

Furthermore, there is a close relationship between energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.  Energy efficiency depends on supersealing and superinsulation. This directly affects ventilation system requirements in the home. In such conditions,

  • Advanced mechanical systems control the air flow and water vapor content. This provides a constant supply of quality fresh air
  • Return air flow from each room enables the system to maximize heat recovery
  • Equipment and ducting are installed within the home’s conditioned space

Respondents in the study corroborate the importance of ventilation systems in green homes. More than 95% of them us energy-efficient practices involving HVAC!

Green building with an open web joist

Green builders frequently use an open joist floor system to accommodate such equipment.  It is a natural choice because it offers a spacious floor cavity with maximum flexibility for equipment installation.

Interestingly, you’ll see many examples of this on the Department Of Energy’s website, under a section called “DOE Tour of  Zero“. It’s a collection of images of homes that are “independently certified to meet DOE Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines“.  This is a great photographic resource to see the various techniques builders use for their green projects.

Building green DOE Tour of Zero
Source: DOE Tour of Zero

TRIFORCE® naturally adapted to building green

Open web joists such as TRIFORCE® are naturally adapted to green building. Indeed, with an all-wood construction and no metal plates, they allow the easiest installation of advanced HVAC systems needed in green projects, as seen in the video below. We even went so far as to design the entire plant in accordance with the principles of sustainable development!

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Triforce Open Joist
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