For many homebuyers, the building materials used behind the walls and under the floors are a mystery. However, the studs, joists, beams, panels and other materials that make up the structural frame are critical for the long-term value, comfort and safety of the home. Now, homebuyers have a fast and simple way to better understand the unique framing material needs of their local area. The iLevel(R) Performance Connection(TM) Tool provides a way for buyers to work more closely with their builders on ensuring quality for a key aspect of their new home that they often forget to ask about -- the structural frame.
Visiting http://www.ilevel.com/performanceconnection/ homebuyers simply enter their zip code and with one click receive a summary of seismic, wind, precipitation and snow load conditions for their local area. The tool also provides a list of framing materials that are recommended based on local conditions.
After using the tool as a quick initial reference for their area, builders should consult their local code official to ensure that the identified materials meet the requirements of the specific piece of property on which they will be building.
"When buying or building a home, most people don't think to ask about the structural framing, but it's critical for how well the home functions," says Dede Ryan, manager of integrated product strategies for iLevel by Weyerhaeuser. "Appropriate framing products can help a home stand strong against nature -- from wind to snow to earthquakes -- as well as ensure squeak-free floors and straight walls. The iLevel Performance Connection Tool provides homebuyers and builders with a way to communicate more clearly about a home's framing needs."