Ron Piester

Building Safety 101: Understanding the Basics for a Safer Tomorrow

Ron Piester

Building safety includes a wide range of best practices, including implementing fire suppression systems, conducting regular inspections on existing buildings, providing clear access to emergency exits, employing sustainable water and energy usage, and more. By understanding and adhering to...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 80
Alpine Team

Optimizing Truss Design

Alpine Team

Establishing a truss design process that progresses seamlessly from start to finish serves as a critical backbone for efficiency and ensures essential quality control measures. While individual processes might vary from designer to designer, here is a sample step-by-step process. Resist the...

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May 2024
Issue #16298
Page 96
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Resilient Designs Cost Less Than You Think

Geordie Secord

In last month’s article, Designing for Resiliency, I present some of my thoughts on how changing the design approach for wood trusses could aid in making future homes more resilient to the types of climate extremes that seem to be ahead of us. Whether you think that climate change is a...

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April 2024
Issue #16297
Page 86
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Substantial Wood Truss Content at Virginia Tech Course

Frank Woeste

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education program, a three-day program on light-frame and mass timber construction design topics will be offered on May 14–16, 2024 in Blacksburg, VA. Joining me as instructors this year are Scott D. Coffman, PE, John Holland, MBA,...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 64
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: Designing for Resiliency

Geordie Secord

As I write this, I am sitting inside a warm office in Northern Ontario, looking out the window at near blizzard conditions, with heavy snow falling and –35° wind chill. Although it is very unpleasant outside, this isn’t necessarily unusual weather for this location, but what is...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 90
Joe Kannapell

Floor Truss Technology, Part III: Floor Design Intricacies

Joe Kannapell

The advent of floor trusses gave us new insights that continue to be refined today. They also gave us a peek into whole house design with the promise of a fully componentized house. For the first time, they challenged us to build something that people could live on top of, rather than just...

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August 2023
Issue #15289
Page 10
Glenn Traylor

Why is the Gaps Limitation So Important to Truss Fabrication?

Glenn Traylor

ANSI/TPI 1 is a practical guide to manufacturing metal plate connected wood truss. It considers rational expectations and reasonable manufacturing capabilities that help ensure a sound product. Due to the nature of wood, cutting equipment and processes gaps do occur. These gaps can cause...

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August 2023
Issue #15289
Page 35
Geordie Secord

Design Connections: At the Intersection of Reality and the Codes

Geordie Secord

As I approach four decades in this industry (!), the list of building code and design requirements that seem odd to me continues to grow. I am the first to acknowledge that the primary goal in designing a home is, and should be, occupant safety. But there are some requirements and...

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August 2023
Issue #15289
Page 84
Jay Jones, P.E.

ANSI/TPI 1: The National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction

Jay Jones, P.E.

After more than three years in development, I’m pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/TPI 1–2022 National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction. Including a Commentary & Appendices, this standard is available for purchase in print and...

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August 2023
Issue #15289
Page 90
Jeff Ellis

Reviewing 2021 IBC Changes for Cold-Formed Steel Light-Frame Design

Jeff Ellis

“Change is the only constant in life” and “When you are finished changing, you are finished” are quotes from the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus and Benjamin Franklin, respectively. I’m reminded of them as I review the numerous changes to codes and standards...

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March 2023
Issue #15284
Page 100
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