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International Focus: Crossing the Atlantic
As you would expect, every country has its own building codes and industry standards. That’s why even the best-selling American building products need a tweak here and there to ensure they’re perfectly in line with each country’s unique requirements.
Fortunately, with a few minor adjustments to a popular U.S. brand of I-Joist, British homebuilders finally have access to the same engineered wood advantages enjoyed in North America—including greater length and uniform reliability—but customized to meet British building practices for I-Joist applications.
The product is the LP® SolidStartTM 225i I-Joist, introduced by LP Building Products at EcoBuild 2011 in London. Designed as a direct replacement for timber joists, they are ideally suited to both traditional build and timber-frame building methods.
The web of every LP SolidStart 225i is made of a specialty-grade OSB, and the flanges are made from machine stress-rated lumber, creating an I-joist that is straighter and more uniform in strength, stiffness and size than most traditional timber. Wider flanges also offer easier nailing and increased stability for enhanced floor performance. Plus, a more consistent moisture content makes the 225i less prone to issues such as twisting, warping and shrinking.
The result is a light, strong I-joist that makes truly uniform floors and ceilings possible for residential construction. And, by matching traditional UK brick and block coursing and standard EU Glulam depth, LP SolidStart 225i creates a more thermally efficient structure, helping the builder meet the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3 requirements.
“LP SolidStart 225i was specifically built for the UK,” said Al Huber, International Sales Manager for LP Building Products. “The product not only assists with CSH compliance, but its strategic sizing saves time and reduces waste.”
LP SolidStart products are created primarily from smaller, faster growing trees, which is just as important to the British market as the American. The Chain of Custody (CoC) is certified by both the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). All LP SolidStart products sold in Britain meet the standards of the British Board of Agrèment (BBA) and the National House-Building Council (NHBC). LP SolidStart LSL is backed by a fully transferable lifetime limited warranty.
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