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Report spells out fire-protection compliance

BY HBSDealer Staff

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released APA System Report SR-405: Fire Protection of Floors Constructed with Prefabricated Wood I-Joists for Compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. The report provides several practical systems for design and construction of fire-resistant floor assemblies built with wood I-joists that satisfy the requirements of 2012 IRC Section R501.3.

[The free report is available here.]

APA System Report SR-405 offers four options for fire protection of floors constructed with prefabricated wood I-joists. 

“The options are effective, uncomplicated to implement, and use cost-effective materials,” said Dr. Borjen Yeh, P.E., technical services director for APA. “SR-405 provides easy-to-apply solutions for code compliance, while affording additional fire protection to occupants and firefighters, as required by some local jurisdictions in this country.”

Dr. Yeh added that the report was developed to inform interested parties of the multiple options for fire resistant I-joist floor systems where the 2012 IRC Section R501.3 is mandated by the local jurisdiction.

“System Report SR-405 can be used by the authority having jurisdiction, designers, specifiers, and builders, in the design, construction, and approval of wood I-joist fire-protective floor systems that are compliant with Section R501.3 requirements,” he explained. APA System Report SR-405 was developed on the basis of the results of fire tests that met the stringent criteria established by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Acceptance Criteria for Prefabricated Wood I-Joists, AC14. 

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Parr Lumber opens Design Center

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Aloha, Oregon is the site of Parr Lumber Company’s new design center, serving up ideas through kitchen vignettes, appliance options and cabinet  styles, among other things.

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company will hold a Grand Opening Event for the new Parr Design Center Showroom Aug. 16.

The new 8,500-sq-ft showroom offers a stylish and comfortable environment where customers can compare and visualize the products they want to put in their homes. 

“It has always been about the customers’ buyin experience,” said Nancy Cranston, Parr Lumber’s marketing manager. “Contractors and homeowners want a place where they can see the most innovative products, ask questions, get inspired, and not feel rushed or pressured.”

The heart of the showroom boasts eight fully assembled kitchen vignettes. Cabinet styles range from the competitively priced Kemper and Aristokraft to the ultra-custom Dynasty Series from Omega. The cabinets are complimented by granite, and Cambria Quartz countertops, stainless steel Frigidaire and Electrolux appliances. 

The showroom and attached 20,000 sq.-ft. warehouse keeps more than 1,000 cabinets in stock.

The company says another key advantage of the showroom is having major product lines such as cabinets, countertops, appliances, sinks, hardware, and millwork right next to interior and exterior door displays and window displays. 

“Seeing these products displayed together helps the customer pick complimentary products and accurately envision how they will all look together in the home,” said Angela Zagorsky, Parr Lumber’s window and door sales manager. “It is inspirational for customers. They can walk straight from the kitchen section to the window and door section where they can look at products from 10 different door manufacturers and 6 different window manufacturers. We are providing an enjoyable showroom experience that helps our customers feel confident in their design choices.”

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Boral rolls out Craftsman Collection

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Identifying a gap in the siding market, Roswell, Georgia-based Boral introduced the Boral TruExterior Siding Craftsman Collection.  

Described as the first poly-ash siding product, the Craftsman Collection offers an array of full-thickness profiles with bold, defined shapes coupled with a low maintenance and simple installation message.
 
“We are very excited to offer the market a unique siding solution by continuing to expand our innovative poly-ash technology platform,” stated Russell Hill, Boral’s global chief technology officer. “We have applied a lot of science and design to produce a product that will meet our customer’s needs for performance, aesthetics and sustainability. We are very optimistic about the future for this platform.”
 
Boasting superior workability, durability, and dimensional stability, the Boral TruExterior Siding Craftsman Collection includes five high-performing profiles designed to recreate the classic look traditionally associated with wood products. 

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