Structural Systems + Panels

One of the most important parts of a house is its structure—the foundation, joists, and beams that hold everything up. This section offers all of the latest innovations in trusses, beams, engineered lumber, and much more.

LeakSmart System

LEAKSMART
The LeakSmart Snap is a whole-home system that detects water leaks or pipe-freezing temperatures, shuts off the home’s supply, and alerts homeowners via a smart device in less than 5 seconds. It installs quickly, the company says, without the need to cut into the main water supply line. A Hub extends the protection, even during power outages.

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Feb 7, 2019
FutureHAUS solar decathlon Dubai exterior

Photo: Thorsen Photography

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Jan 24, 2019
Entreka prefab panels

ENTEKRA

LP recently invested in this manufacturer, which provides prefabricated wall panels, floor panels, and roof trusses. Structural elements are delivered to the jobsite for sequential off-loading to maximize efficiencies, and the frame can be assembled in three to four days. Entekra says its system reduces the overall build cycle by up to 33 percent versus stick framing and reduces the need for on-site skilled labor by 40 to 60 percent.

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Oct 25, 2018
Bensonwood

Tektoniks from Bensonwood

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Jul 18, 2018
LP Legacy subflooring

1. LP Building Products

Legacy is the stiffest and one of the strongest subflooring panels on the market, the manufacturer says. Wood strands are coated with resins using Gorilla Glue Technology, resulting in high-density, moisture-resistant boards. The subfloor is ideal for tile and hardwood flooring applications.

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Feb 1, 2018
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