Research and Technology

Technical articles on research and technology dedicated to the post-frame industry.

BESS Lab

Tests reveal efficiency stalls for some 60-inch ag fans

When it comes to big fans and their benefits for agricultural ventilation, the old logic that bigger is better has hit a snag. Researchers at BESS Lab operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested a number of 60-inch fans only to discover that, at a certain point, energy efficiency does not...

Design of Post-Frame Gyms and Multipurpose Buildings

By Timothy Royer, PE, and Amanda Stauffer- Post-frame construction is ideal for non-code-exempt buildings of many shapes and sizes. One category of such structures that is often overlooked by post-frame builders is gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings. Gymnasiums and multipurpose recreational buildings are a perfect fit for post-frame construction for several reasons. Post-frame walls...

Permanent bracing of wood trusses an ongoing education

In the July 2107 issue of the Component Manufacturing Advertiser (download the article here) Professor Frank Woeste suggested the use of the 2015 BCSI Book (111 pages) as a tool for providing a practical path for design professionals to complete their bracing designs. In the spiral bound book, permanent truss bracing design for conventional...

Progressive Roof Collapse Due to CLR Shifting: Summary

[The following is a summary of a more comprehensive article on the topic available for download under our Technical Resources tab.] -By David R. Bohnhoff, PhD, PE – Continuous lateral restraint (CLR) is a continuous line of bracing used to provide lateral support to a series of structural elements. By preventing lateral movement, CLR...

A technical explanation of T-reinforcement for trusses

– [Article provided by the Structural Building Components Association] – The truss industry maintains that the design of truss roof and floor system permanent restraint/bracing is the responsibility of the building designer. System permanent bracing covers the entire structure and all reinforcing/bracing element interactions. An exception to this is identifying the locations of compression...

Quick guide to fasteners for treated wood

By Sharon Thatcher, Rural Builder Magazine – A surprising amount of science goes in to the making of those small but mighty screws, bolts and connectors used in preservative-treated woods. The science has been standardized by ASTM, with box labeling used to help builders simplify the user process. Joe Stager, vice president for product...

Mass Timber Conference set for March 22-24 in Portland

If you are interested in cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction and other mass timber techniques, the Mass Timber Conference will be held March 22–24, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The conference will explore current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber construction in North America and...