Design and Cost Advantages of TJI® Joists Vs. Open Web Floor Trusses

TJI® joists are sometimes compared to floor trusses as builders make decisions on floor systems. Often, the floor package cost has been the primary, if not only, factor some builders have considered. More recently, that singular focus has been changing. More and more builders are now considering the total business and financial impacts of switching to trusses, resulting in their renewed use of Trus Joist floor systems. ... Read More
May 12, 2023

Clarification for Exterior Wall/Floor Framing Intersections in Type III Construction

The International Building Code (IBC) language for Type III construction has led to various interpretations regarding material requirements and construction details at intersections of exterior walls and floors in platform-framed construction. Clarification for these intersections will be provided in 2024 IBC. ... Read More
December 1, 2022

The Hole Truth: How to Properly Place, Cut and Drill Holes in TJI’s

TJI joists are very versatile when it comes to holes of many sizes whether it is for plumbing, electrical or duct work. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to holes to ensure the integrity of the joist is not compromised. ... Read More
November 18, 2022

How to Easily Calculate Allowable Deflection

Calculating how much a member will deflect and if that member meets the code minimums is a complicated engineering process. ForteWEB(R), our member sizing software solution, can help simplify this process without the use of beam deflection formulas. But first, what is deflection? ... Read More
September 1, 2022

Holes in Parallam® PSL - How to get it right

When designing a home, identifying where to run plumbing and electrical can be a real challenge! Redesign? Reroute? Cut holes? If the surprise demand for a hole occurs during rough-in, you may have more options than you think. ... Read More
September 27, 2021