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LP expands i-Joist offerings in Europe

BY Ken Clark

Nashville, Tenn.-based LP Building Products has added a broad range of LP SolidStart I-Joists to its engineered wood product offerings for the European Union.

The offering includes five joist series from the lightweight and economical LPI 18 series — ideal where deep depth product is required to meet the increased insulation demand of the new Passive House designs — to the span buster LPI 52 series, which is available in depths up to 610mm. 

The three most popular series — the battle joist energy-efficient LPI 18, the mid-range LPI 20 and the problem solver LPI 42 — are now available in metric depths of 225mm, 240mm, 300mm, 360mm and 400mm. All other series and depths can be special ordered between 200mm and 610mm deep. The products are available in two standard flange widths, 63mm and 89mm, to provide for reduced blocking lengths making for easier detailing and cutting as well as simpler on-site installation. 

In addition to the new metric depths, LP is the first company to supply a fit-for-purpose 225mm depth, engineered to match UK brick and block coursing and standard EU Glulam depth. Product lengths are available in standard 300mm or 600mm increments up to 12.0m with 13.5m lengths available on special order.

All LP SolidStart I-Joists come standard with a specialty grade oriented strand board (OSB) web, including a pre-stamped 38mm knockout hole for services and venting at 300mm centers.

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James Hardie joins 84 Lumber’s ‘USA’ initiative

BY Ken Clark

James Hardie teamed with 84 Lumber to encourage the use of U.S.-made and sourced building materials and products.

James Hardie was contacted by 84 Lumber to participate in the program a few months prior to the announcement of the initiative on Jan. 23 at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

James Hardie says its products are made at one of seven manufacturing facilities across the United States. James Hardie sources raw materials from within 500 miles of each plant to further reduce its carbon footprint.

“James Hardie is proud to be a part of ‘We Build American’ initiative," said Rob Rugg, director of strategic accounts. "We strongly believe in building more sustainable homes, neighborhoods and materials by leveraging local, regional and national resources. The building products industry has shown much resilience in this country, and we’re proud to be working with great partners at ‘We Build American’ to continue this tradition and recent momentum in the coming years." 

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CertainTeed boosts eco integration

BY Ken Clark

CertainTeed Corp. integrated its ceilings product line into ecoScorecard and SmartBIM online tools, a move the company says will streamline green building specification and documentation.

Both platforms help architects and building professionals leverage the benefits of CertainTeed’s high-performance ceilings products, while eliminating the time-intensive manual research and analysis of green building projects. 

Dawn Chittick, marketing manager for CertainTeed Ceilings, said: “Through the ecoScorecard and SmartBIM tools, architects and designers can quickly evaluate and understand the environmental impact of our products. By providing readily available product information in the format they need, we’re ultimately supporting a more sustainable built environment.” 

EcoScorecard provides architects and designers with the ability to search and evaluate products based on environmental characteristics, including 1,200 unique attributes across 20 green building rating systems. The free online system automatically updates as rating systems change and offers easy access to the documentation required for project submittals.

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