East Anglian housebuilder Hopkins & Moore has piloted the use of Boise Cascade‘s Simple Framing System to construct floors at two of its developments.

It used the system, consisting of Boise’s 241mm deep BCI joists and Versa-Lam beams, to create the first floors on nine brick and block detached homes ranging from 1,900-2,500ft2 at Wenhaston and Benhall, East Suffolk.

The company says the system improves the speed and ease of construction and offers the possibility of long spans while avoiding the floor movement and shrinkage problems associated with traditional joists.

Darren Parker, purchasing manager at Hopkins & Moore, said: “We are happy that our choice of BCI joists has improved the quality of our floor construction, the efficiencies of site installation and has indeed reduced our remedial works to squeaking floors.”