The positive impact of TRIFORCE® open joist

Thanks to its innovative design and eco-friendly materials, TRIFORCE® is revolutionizing the construction industry, find out how in this blog. Plus, learn how this open web joist speeds up work and improves a building’s structure and durability.

If we pay attention to the issues facing the construction sector this year, we can quickly identify several: a rising level of inflation, soaring energy prices, failing supply chains and what doesn’t help is that we are currently facing a more difficult global economic situation. And, unfortunately, the impact of the pandemic has resulted in lower productivity, production delays, higher transport costs and supply problems.

We must not forget to take into account the problems caused by the climate crisis, the growing need for sustainable construction practices, including the use of eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient designs and also the construction industry’s need to embrace innovation and new technologies. It needs to be aware of those challenges they face and it is therefore essential to find ways to overcome these difficulties as much as possible if it is to thrive in the future. In this blog, we will figure out how an engineered wood floor system such as TRIFORCE® can be a helping hand.

How TRIFORCE® can help face these challenges

A closer look at all the advantages of TRIFORCE® open web floor reveals why it is a revolutionary product in the construction sector. All of its features can help reduce labor costs and construction time, ultimately leading to cost savings for builders and developers.

Here are 9 features that make TRIFORCE® an unrivalled product:

1) Trimmable end
2) Finger jointed
3) Cost effective open web design
4) Made to stock, no wait
5) Consistent quality (tested individually)
6) High performance
7) Environmentally friendly
8) Fire performance
9) Double joist

  • Trimmable end: this allows you to adapt to changing site conditions without having to replace the joist if it’s not the right length. You can cut-off the trimmable end of the joist as much as 24″. So there’s no need to wait for a new joist or an engineer’s repair detail. This simplifies the installation process.
  • Finger jointed: TRIFORCE® joists have no metal plates so they are designed to be lightweight, making them easier and safer to handle and install. It also prevents damage to electrical wiring.
  • Cost effective open web design: this allows for easy installation of utilities such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. It simplifies the construction process and reduces the need for additional drilling and cutting, saving time and labor costs.
  • Made to stock: a large inventory means no waiting for joists to arrive.
  • Consistent quality: Each joist is tested individually before being shipped to job site, guaranteeing high-quality materials. The result is a more durable and reliable structural component that can support heavy loads and help reduce deflection.
  • High performance: Strongbacks can be added at midspan for better floor performance. Strongbacks are 2X dry lumber that help distribute loads to the adjacent joists, also dampening vibration.
  • Environmentally friendly: TRIFORCE® joists are made from sustainable materials: Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) lumber, Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and a PRF adhesive, which can help construction projects meet environmental and sustainability goals. This can be particularly important as the construction industry continues to prioritize green building practices.
  • Fire performance: TRIFORCE® joists are designed to provide adequate fire resistance for construction purposes. They are compliant to IRC requirements with the addition of a layer of gypsum board to their trimmable end. Furthermore, with plated trusses, the metal plates can buckle in the heat of a fire and fall off, causing failure. This is avoided with TRIFORCE® joists because they are made entirely of wood. The resorcinol adhesive used in their construction has a much higher burning temperature than wood.
  • Double joist: Another advantage of the TRIFORCE®open joist is that it can be doubled up to replace a solid beam or a girder. As in a stairwell, for example. Usually, a beam or girder is placed around the perimeter of the stairwell, and since it’s solid, there’s no space for pipes and wires to pass through. So, using LVL limits your MEP installations, but using TRIFORCE® instead, opens-up possibilities and reduces cost. Even if the joist is doubled-up, the overall price may be lower than using LVL.

We have observed that TRIFORCE® is an innovative product that can help address challenges in the construction industry in several ways. All of these features show why an open web joist system like TRIFORCE® is beneficial for the future of construction. Because It offers a unique combination of strength, precision, versatility, sustainability and efficiency that sets it apart from traditional joist systems.

Discover a lot more on TRIFORCE® open joist by downloading our specguide:

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