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Engineered Wood Products/Boise Cascade

Source: Professional Builder

Engineered Wood

Boise Cascade manufactures Versa-Lam and Versa-Stud laminated veneer and I-joist brands BCI Joists and AllJoists. Its engineered wood products and in uniform depths and thicknesses are stronger than dimensional lumber. Consequently, framers can use longer spans and fewer pieces, which can yield time savings during cutting, fitting, and nailing and result in less material waist. Boise Cascade offers a lifetime warranty and problem-solving field support.


CertainTeed is a provider of wall-to-wall drywall solutions with products such as: AirRenew, which improves indoor air quality by permanently removing formaldehyde from the air; SilentFX QuickCut Noise-Reducing Drywall, which reduces sound transmission between rooms by up to 90 percent; M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant Drywall, which protects baths, kitchens, and other residential spaces from high humidity and moisture; and Habito, a high-impact-resistant ½ inch drywall with holding strength that allows anchor-free mounting.

Spray Foam Insulation/Icynene

Icynene manufactures a range of foam insulation products guaranteed to perform for the life of the building. Classic is an open-cell spray foam that is ideal for residential interior applications. The Classic Max and ProSeal spray foams are low-VOC and allow for reentry one hour after application and reoccupancy after two hours of active ventilation Classic Max Select is a one and done foam that eliminates the requirement of an ignition barrier in unvented attics. Classic Plus is a high R-value open spray foam that achieves R-22 in 2X6 wall assemblies. ProSeal Eco is a 100 percent water-blown closed-cell spray foam and a greener alternative to chemically based closed-cell spray foams. ProSeal LE offers the ability to achieve an initial 5-inch thickness in one pass, and MD-C-200 is a closed-cell spray foam that is ideal in zones that are prone to flooding and hurricanes.

Fire-Resistant Wallboard/Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

ToughRock Fireguard 45 Gypsum Board is a ½-inch wallboard with enhanced fire resistance properties that earn a UL-classified 45-minute fire rating. These wallboards weigh less that traditional 5/8-inch and other ½ -inch fire-rated wallboards, the company says. ToughRock is noncombustible and made with a dimensionally stable gypsum core specially formulated to increase the strength and resistance to the passage of heat. The core is sandwiched between face layers made of 100 percent recycled paper. In addition to its fire-resistant qualities, TouchRock also lowers sound transmission between rooms.

Termite Control/Nisus

Bora-Care can be directly applied to wood, concrete, and foundation penetrations during the dried-in phase of construction in a single spray application for long-term control of termite and other wood-destroying insects and fungi. Bora-Care from Nisus can be applied in any weather and eliminates the process of pumping gallons of pest control chemicals into the soil around a building site. The product can earn builders points for LEED, National Green Building Standard, EarthCraft, and other green building certifications.

Spray Foam Insulation/BASF

BASF spray polyurethane foam (SPF) products use zero ozone-depleting blowing agents and emit no volatile organic compounds. Their insulating air-sealing properties prevent outdoor allergens and pollutants from entering the home, providing improved indoor air quality. Closed-cell SPF, such as Spraytite, provide R-value moisture resistance and air-barrier properties in one product. Walltite delivers near-zero air permeability and superior insulation performance. Elastospray is a closed-cell SPF for roofing systems, and Enertite is an open-cell SPF that provides improved energy efficiency, comfort, and sound control.