The open joist TRIFORCE® has been evaluated for equivalent fire-resistant construction to dimensional lumber or structural composite lumber
After more than 50 years in the industry, Barrette Structural Distribution Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, has maintained its cutting edge. It manufactures Open Joist TRIFORCE®, an engineered floor joist that features an open-web configuration for strength and easy MEP access. It is constructed entirely of wood, finger-joined with waterproof structural adhesive that is NES and CCMC approved.
Barrette designed TRIFORCE® to help builders meet both the 2012 and 2015 International Residential Code® (IRC) which requires that unprotected floor/ceiling assemblies exceed a minimum level of fire resistance to address safety concerns. Before now, the cost of achieving this fire resistance has limited builders to expensive options.
“Based on thorough testing conducted by an approved independent laboratory, and evaluated and found compliant by Uniform ES, open joist TRIFORCE® has demonstrated outstanding fire performance as per evaluation report #539,” said Brian Ellenberger, National Sales Director.
Technology plays a big role in the manufacturing of TRIFORCE® open joist. The process is entirely automated to ensure precision assembly, product consistency and good appearance. All wood components of TRIFORCE® joists are cut and machined with computer guided accuracy. Finally, every joist is tested individually with a proof load greater than its required design load and undergoes periodic destructive testing.
“Made 100% of wood, we have seen our product used in efforts including “green” building, passive structures and housing trends that address concerns of millennials,” added Brian Ellenberger.
The manufacturer has also seen trends in panelization that include floor panels and works closely with builders to innovate new ways this concept can make them more competitive in the market.
“We believe there will be more systems-built approaches to multifamily and residential construction in the near future and TRIFORCE®, with its many benefits, will be the perfect product to lead the way,” concluded Ellenberger.
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