Plenum Truss: Get Your Ducting into a Conditioned Space

Placing notoriously leaky HVAC ductwork into an unconditioned space will not make for an energy efficient heating or cooling system.There are a few options which locate the ductwork within the thermal enclosure of the home. Options include moving the ceiling plane to the underside of the roof with an unvented attic or placing the ductwork in a conditioned basement. A third option is the installation of plenum trusses which allow for a compact ducting system to be placed in a conditioned bulkhead.

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Raised Heel Trusses: Environmentally Friendly Money Savers

Discerning construction professionals are turning to raised-heel trusses thanks to the increased attic space they produce. This space is then utilized for larger amounts of cheaper insulation which reduces the cost of insulation and provides a more effective building envelope and a greener home. Raised-heel trusses offer many environmental and cost-saving benefits.

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Norbord-sponsored Framing Students Ready to Take on the Jobsite

According to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey, construction labor shortages are even more widespread than they were last year with 75% of construction crews experiencing a lack of carpenters (framing, rough and finished). That means over 200,000 jobs are vacant in the construction industry. There are many reasons for the dearth of …

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Norbord’s “THANK A FRAMER” Month Helps Alleviate the Labor Shortage

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s Thank A Framer video (over 4 million views and counting!) Norbord has released its second video to mark the start of “Thank a Framer” month. This video follows the process of manufacturing Oriented Strand Board (OSB) from the forest to the construction site, paying homage to workers in …

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Engineered Wood and EPA Formaldehyde Regulations

The question comes up quite often about formaldehyde and OSB so I will try to bring some clarity to the subject with some background information and what products are affected. The US Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was signed in 2010. It was based on the Air Toxic Control Measure that was developed …

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Tips for Making Gluing Easier and Cleaner

Gluing items is often a dirty job, but someone has to do it. If that someone is you, there are some easy tips and tricks that can help you to reduce the mess and create a higher quality product. From keeping your workbench glue-free to producing better quality projects, these tips will help you work smarter, not harder.

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