Housing & Construction

Since FrameSAFE first rolled out in March of this year, 23 NFC Professional Framer members and 12 Skilled Subcontractors have subscribed to the program. As this bilingual, OSHA-compliant safety program is being implemented across the country, the feedback has been very positive.

Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced the release of the BVLZ brick veneer ledger connector kit, a code-compliant, tested solution for attaching decks to wood-framed homes that have a brick or masonry veneer exterior covering.

Kentucky-based Atchison Heller Construction Company is  a family-owned business of professionals passionate about buildings that last. Specializing in custom homes, remodels and renovations, a key to the team’s philosophy is stepping up their building enclosures. In a recent large custom home they advanced their build with integrated sheathing and fluid-applied flashing for a streamlined approach to maintaining continuous air and water barriers. To stand by their promise to deliver a durable home with dependable indoor comfort, they chose ZIP System® R-sheathing and liquid flash to achieve a tightly sealed building envelope.

One split second is all it takes for a life to be changed forever or taken away by a workplace accident. Each year, close to 9,000 people are killed on the job across the U.S. and Europe; no doubt all these workplaces had safety protocols in place, but clearly more could have been done to prevent this loss. 

Each year, employers are required to post a copy of OSHA Form 300A from Feb. 1 through April 30. The summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to workers are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer workers and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements.

What does a component manufacturer do when they deliver their structural building components for a 70,000 sq. ft. condo building, and the contracted framer doesn’t show up? For Gene Frogale, who experienced this problem in 2018, he quickly reached out to Kenny Shifflett, a fellow member of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), past president of the National Framers Council (NFC), and owner of Ace Carpentry in Manassas, Virginia.

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down is May 7-11, 2018. Join safety-focused framers around the country to raise awareness about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs can be prevented. 

“I’ve come to fall in love with floor trusses,” Tim Carter wrote in his March 31 newsletter. Tim expands on this statement explaining the many holes and friction points that any solid wood or I-joist would have to get to install the same radiant floor system.

On April 17, join Simpson Strong-Tie to learn how the Strong-Wall site-built portal frame system (PFS) provides designers, builders and contractors in prescriptive jurisdictions with the flexibility of a new alternative to IRC wall bracing methods.

Ask the Builder founder Tim Carter’s work with SBCA has been a profound opportunity to promote structural building components within the construction industry. His background in building and immense reach are a great advantage to the component manufacturing industry because he can use his unique perspective to educate on the value of working with structural components.