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
MiTek Staff

Proper Loading for Solar Panels

MiTek Staff

As the “Green” movement progresses and energy prices go increasingly higher, more and more homeowners and commercial developers are looking to utilize photovoltaic panels (solar panels) to help get them “off the grid.” It may seem that designing for solar panels is as...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 108
Tuomo Poutanen, PhD

Glued Roof Trusses

Tuomo Poutanen

In my previous article, The Evolution of Glued Trussed Joists, in the August 2021 issue, I explain that glued trusses have potential in floors. The new G-joist has high resistance. The chord shear failure is eliminated as the web finger punches the chord. The web-chord glue area is big. The mean...

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April 2023
Issue #15285
Page 94
Mark Mitchell

8 Reasons Building Materials Companies Need to Pay Attention to Offsite Construction

Mark Mitchell

Is offsite construction just a fad or is it going to become the new normal for the construction industry? Is it an untapped market for manufacturers and suppliers? If your business is selling building materials, does it even matter whether you sell to offsite facilities or companies that...

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August 2022
Issue #14277
Page 82
Greg Watson

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

Greg Watson

The term “MMC” may be heard more and more regularly these days, but what does it mean? Simply described, modern methods of construction centers around off-site construction practices, some of which may be innovative, allowing for mass production in a factory setting. As a...

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April 2022
Issue #14273
Page 107
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The New American Home

Joe Kannapell

Trusses of the future will be flat, or nearly flat, based on The New American Homes (TNAH) that have been shown annually at the International Builders Show (IBS). Though the elegant designs of these homes may seem atypical, they have to abide by the same factors that affect every house being...

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March 2022
Issue #14272
Page 136
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on What’s Ahead

Joe Kannapell

The best news for 2022 will be on the job front, and I plan on keeping mine, working these pages. Please stayed tuned as we uncover much more about our unique niche in the off-site construction industry, including developments on the following, evolving topics: Robotics: How will the two...

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January 2022
Issue #14270
Page 126
Michael Weber

How CLT and Mass Timber Technologies May Revolutionize Skyscapes

Michael Weber

Over the last decade — in outlets reaching from construction industry journals to the Boston Globe and the Economist; from CNN and Fast Company to Popular Mechanics; to Nautilus and TED talks — we’ve been hearing increasingly about mass timber and related phenomena:...

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December 2021
Issue #13269
Page 112
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: CLT Revisited

Joe Kannapell

Do CMs have a role in Cross Laminated Timber Structures? I returned to the Apex Plaza (described on these pages in April 2021, The Last Word on CLT – Cross Laminated Timber) to find out. On my prior trip, I marveled at the beauty of the fully exposed beams, columns, and CLT floor panels....

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December 2021
Issue #13269
Page 138
Tuomo Poutanen, PhD

The Evolution of Glued Trussed Joists

Tuomo Poutanen

I-joists dominate the joist market due to their high material efficiency and low manufacturing cost. However, this product has disadvantages, including difficulty in HVAC installations and the possibility of bottom chord support only. Therefore, the market would pay a considerable premium for a...

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August 2021
Issue #13265
Page 86
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