Barrier Resting On Top Of Vertical Structures; E.g., Walls Patents (Class 52/262)
  • Patent number: 10294670
    Abstract: An architectural screen roof curb supported by an upstanding support curb to camouflage or hide various articles including, but not limited to, HVAC units. The architectural screen roof curb includes a top curb portion and two or more spaced, generally horizontal extending support members which then, in turn, support one or more architectural screens such that no portion of the architectural screen roof curb comes into contact with the underlying roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MGM PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dotson Carson Green, Adnan Bijelic
  • Patent number: 10240337
    Abstract: The application relates to a standalone portable protective enclosure that forms a complete envelope surrounding and protecting its contents from the extreme forces of nature and man. The invention can have other uses other than a protective enclosure and will not be out of place in a living room of a home. The invention pertains to a protective enclosure that is resistant to high velocity projectiles and massive blunt forces. More particularly, this invention relates to a protective enclosure that can be site assembled from matching parts and may be disassembled and relocated to different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen T. Evert
  • Patent number: 10000939
    Abstract: A single container wind resistant modular ISO building includes a cargo container, and a pitched roof. However, the pitched roof structure is optional. The cargo container includes a bottom frame, a top frame, four corner tubes, two lengthwise side walls, an end wall, a top plate, a floor plate and an end door. At least one window system and at least one door entrance 124 are formed in at least one of the lengthwise side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KWIKSPACE GUAM
    Inventors: Peter E. Gill, Peter E. Gill, III, Aihua Tie
  • Patent number: 9974299
    Abstract: A bird nest prevention device for use in a building structure includes a mounting face for connecting to a face of a truss by a connector, a first angled portion having a lower edge connecting to an upper edge of the mounting face and being inclined upward therefrom, a second angled portion having a lower edge opposing the lower edge of the first inclined portion and being inclined upward therefrom, an upward extending portion connecting at a lower portion thereof to the first angled portion and the second angled portion and wherein the lower edges form a stand to rest on top of the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: STURDI-BUILT BUILDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Dustin Duane Ingram
  • Patent number: 9920524
    Abstract: In combination, extruded aluminum trim strips joined end-to-end and a splice plate, the trim strips together, the trim strip cross-sections including a web and a pair of opposed angles, the angles and web forming a track for receiving a mid-section of the splice plate with a close sliding fit, the splice plate having lever tabs at opposite ends, notches at sides of the plate, the plate being disposed in the tracks of both lengths of trim strips, the lever tabs and associated edges of the lever tabs formed by the notches being outside of the tracks, the associated edge being arranged in a locking manner with outer surfaces of the angles as a result of the lever tabs being bent in place towards the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 9758219
    Abstract: A cleat attachable device for attaching to a cleat having horns. The device includes a frame having a base end, a distal end opposite the base end, and lateral posts. The lateral posts are disposed opposite one another and are connected to one another at the distal end. The lateral posts each have a respective mounting plate with a longitudinal slot formed therein. A stud plate has an underside for resting on the cleat. The stud plate has two studs opposite the underside for receiving the mounting plates thereon and securing the frame to the cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Arote, Robert Dickie, Shahram Nabavi
  • Patent number: 9695608
    Abstract: A “future-enabled” rowhouse or similar residential unit is provided that may include a site-adaptable chassis for a rowhouse or similar residential unit construction that can be easily adjusted to varying site conditions (e.g., lot widths and depths) at the time of construction and that allows for cost-effective future reconfiguration of building systems and space configuration over the life of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher D. French
  • Patent number: 9376829
    Abstract: We disclose a portable protection shelter that may be easily transported and set up as needed. The shelter provides protection from deadly weather, including storms, hail, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Additionally, it may be used as a survival pod or as protection from assailants or aggressive animals. The shelter can be transported as required, including through doors, and assembled and disassembled on demand using common handheld tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Emergency Universal Shelter Alliance, LLC
    Inventors: Charles King, III, Dawson Spano
  • Patent number: 9027298
    Abstract: A modular system for constructing flexible structures that maintain structural integrity through mostly direct frictional snap-lock engagements without requiring the modular components to slide against each other, or necessitating the need for fastening tools. The modular system may utilizes frictional channels that create a frictional snap-lock engagement to connect the modular components, and thus form the finished structure. The frictional channel connections use a direct lateral engagement to mate and hold components together. In this manner, an assortment of simple modular components can be interconnected without requiring extra space to slide the individual components against each other to interconnect. The panels have identically shaped projections and recessions that frictionally mate adjacent panels. A base frictionally interconnects with a wall panel and a floor panel. The panels take numerous shapes and orientations. A roof truss, roof base, and roof panel form the roof region for the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Marcos E Martinez
  • Patent number: 8887472
    Abstract: A method of constructing a building includes fastening a first structural truss panel to a first structural column. A second structural column is fastened vertically to the first structural column. A second structural truss panel is fastened to the second structural column so that the second structural truss panel is vertically above the first structural truss panel, so that a clearance is defined between the first and second structural truss panels, and so that loads on the structural truss panels are transferred from the first and second structural truss panels to the first and second structural columns and then vertically between the first and second columns. Other construction methods, structural panels, and building sections are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Patco, LL
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8789341
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for constructing a multilevel structure using a hybrid top chord bearing floor framing system. The method and system may include a top chord bearing floor truss positioned on a first frame structure. The top chord of the truss may include a load-bearing interface with a top surface and a bottom surface. The truss may be wholly supported by the load-bearing interface of the top chord. The method and system may further include a second frame structure on the top surface of the truss. The first frame structure may be secured to the second frame structure via a fastener that extends through both the second bottom load bearing member and load-bearing interface of the truss into the first top load bearing member of the first frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Shepard
  • Publication number: 20140174010
    Abstract: A building has walls built from blocks with cavities. Roofs and floors are formed from joists extending between walls. Each joist has a vertical plate, an angle piece located on each side of the vertical plate and end plates. The end plates bear on the wall blocks. Pins extend from the end plates into cavities of the wall blocks. Bond beams can be positioned on walls parallel to the joist. Horizontal blocks are laid across the joists to form a roof or floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Edwards
  • Patent number: 8720154
    Abstract: A cold-formed steel structural wall and floor framing system used for the construction of commercial and residential buildings. The framing system includes a plurality of horizontal, elongated, top and bottom spanning tracks. The spanning tracks are used for supporting a plurality of spaced apart vertical wall studs. Also, the spanning tracks are used to support a plurality of different floor systems, including but not limited to spanning steel floor decks with a concrete floor topping, composite floor joists, steel or wood joists, roof trusses and window and door headers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: James P. Horne
  • Patent number: 8646230
    Abstract: A flat roof support structure includes a plurality of vertical columns, an elongated generally horizontally oriented beam associated with and positioned atop each vertical column, and attachment structure fixing the upper end of each vertical column to a mounting area of the associated elongated beam. The attachment structure includes U-shaped attachment members affixed to opposed sides of the vertical columns at the upper end of each column with the attachment members opening in an outwardly directed orientation parallel to the associated elongated beam. A pair of attachment plates is fixed to opposed sides of each elongated beam in the mounting area. The attachment plates extend downwardly below a lower surface of the elongated beam a distance equal to a portion of the U-shaped attachment members so as to overlap the portion. Attachment devices fix the attachment plates to the U-shaped attachment members and are assembled on-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: John Powers, III
  • Patent number: 8555575
    Abstract: For use in a building having a roof and a wall each formed of hollow logs, wherein the wall has an uppermost horizontal log, a device is provided for connecting the roof to the wall. The device has a connector for connection to an end of a roof log, a saddle for mounting on the wall log and spreading the roof load over a wide area of the wall log, and a plate for securing the connector to the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Alejandro Stein
  • Patent number: 8528294
    Abstract: Structural columns are fastened to one another vertically. Wall panels may be fastened to the structural columns so that load is transferred through the structural columns rather than vertically between the wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Patco, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8448406
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for constructing a multilevel structure using a hybrid top chord bearing floor framing system. The method and system may include a top chord bearing floor truss positioned on a first frame structure. The top chord of the truss may include a load-bearing interface with a top surface and a bottom surface. The truss may be wholly supported by the load-bearing interface of the top chord. The method and system may further include a second frame structure on the top surface of the truss. The first frame structure may be secured to the second frame structure via a fastener that extends through both the second bottom load bearing member and load-bearing interface of the truss into the first top load bearing member of the first frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Shepard
  • Patent number: 8429863
    Abstract: A support frame for supporting an intersection between a first wall section and a second wall section. The support frame including a first support panel having a top edge and a bottom edge, which are configured to be positioned between respective upper and lower plates of the first wall section. Moreover, the support frame has a pair of second support panels affixed to the first panel, and each second support panel has a top edge and a bottom edge configured to be positioned between respective upper and lower plates of the second wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: John M. Poniros
  • Patent number: 8341902
    Abstract: Multi-story buildings assembled from pre-cast concrete components produced in a component factory to form earthquake-resistant buildings with lower cost and faster construction time. The multi-story building structure comprising a plurality of piles and pile caps; prefabricated concrete column components; prefabricated concrete beam components; prefabricated concrete floor components; prefabricated concrete stairs components and prefabricated concrete wall components. Each pile cap unites at least two piles to one column; each column component has a groove on each side of the column component for placement of the corresponding sides of prefabricated wall components; and each beam component comprises grooves on the bottom and top sides of the beam for placement of wall components; and openings are located in the body of the beam. Floor components, stairs components, and wall components are made of concrete that are pre-cast with a predetermined shape, size and strength as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Trisna Widjaja Kusuma
  • Patent number: 8186132
    Abstract: A metal panel generally constructed from sheet material, such as sheet metal, and assemblies thereof which can be used to construct an enclosure, and specifically a no-through-metal enclosure. There is also provided methods for constructing a floor, walls, and roof of a no-through-metal enclosure utilizing such panels or construction techniques. The construction can still utilize metal fasteners such as rivets, bolts, or screws for maintaining strength which still maintaining the no-through-metal construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Heater Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Howery, Jr., Charles E. Christiansen
  • Patent number: 8181404
    Abstract: Fireblock devices, wall assemblies and related methods useful for retarding the spread of smoke and fire through dynamic head-of-wall construction joints and gaps are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the fireblock device is characterized by an elongated angled channel member having an elongated intumescent material strip, wherein the angled channel member is defined by an elongated top flange member connected to an elongated side flange member along a lengthwise edge, and wherein the top and side flange members define a right angle and a lengthwise interior corner region, and wherein the top and side flange members each have inner flange member surfaces that face inwardly with respect to the interior corner region, and outer flange member surfaces that face outwardly with respect to the interior corner region, and wherein the intumescent material strip is affixed on the outer flange member surface of the side flange member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: James Alan Klein
  • Patent number: 8112947
    Abstract: A pedestal head for a floor panel comprises includes a base for a lower part of a floor panel and an upper support for receiving an upper part of a floor panel. The pedestal head has a receiver or projection for receiving and locating a corresponding projection or receiver of the floor panel The pedestal head may be die formed from a single piece of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kingspan Holdings (IRL) Limited
    Inventor: Bruce Mead
  • Patent number: 8065846
    Abstract: A modular construction system is made of a plurality of panels having peripheral frame elements defining a top channel, a bottom channel, and side channels. An exterior planar sheet and an interior planar sheet element enclose an inner core region that is filled with an adhesive bonding material that attaches the components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Frank McDonald, Susan Novy McDonald
  • Patent number: 7882665
    Abstract: The present invention provides construction configurations and a construction method for steel houses that eliminate the shortcoming of the conventional platform construction method for steel houses that complicates the structure because of the need to use metal reinforcements without losing the advantage of the conventional method that facilitates the construction work by using wall panels. After constructing the ground story wall (lower story wall) 22 by attaching wall panels 21 for the ground story to through vertical frame studs 20 extending to upper floors, the second story wall (upper story wall) 23 is constructed by attaching wall panels 21 for the upper Story to the through vertical frame studs 20. Of the wall panels 21 disposed along the four sides of the lower story, the top ends 29 of the two opposite wall panels 21b are positioned lower than the top ends 29a of the lower story wall panels 21a on the other two opposite sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Kazunori Fujihashi, Shigeaki Tohnai
  • Patent number: 7814722
    Abstract: A prefabricated roof truss which includes a bottom plate which attaches to the bottom chord of the roof truss in such a way that the bottom plate does not lift away from the top plate of an interior wall despite the vertical movement of the bottom chord of the roof truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: Larry Perrault, David R. Karroll
  • Patent number: 7770337
    Abstract: A modular enclosure, such as a shed, may include a number of components. For example, the enclosure may include roof panels, floor panels and wall panels that are connected to the roof and/or floor panels. Preferably, the wall panels span the seams disposed between the roof and/or floor panels. In addition, the wall panels are preferably offset from the roof and/or floor panels. Further, the roof panels, wall panels and floor panels desirably have a substantially similar width. The enclosure may also include one or more corner panels and the corner panels may have a living hinge that generally divides the corner panel in half. Advantageously, the offset connection of the roof panels, wall panels and floor panels may facilitate construction of an enclosure with increased strength and functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Mower, Brent Steed, Jay Calkin, Neil Watson, Robert A. Astle, L. Curtis Strong, Rich Howe, David C. Winter, Kent Ashby
  • Publication number: 20100115866
    Abstract: A structural member for a reinforced stud wall including a tie rod connected to a foundation of the wall. The structural member comprises a longitudinal hollow member having top and bottom walls; and first and second web flanges connecting the top and bottom walls, the web flanges extending along a longitudinal axis of the hollow member. An opening through the top and bottom walls to allow the tie rod to extend therethrough, the opening being disposed between the web flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa
  • Publication number: 20100088986
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of constructing a building, comprising the step of providing a skeleton for a building wall of the building. The skeleton includes at least upright building elements such as columns or dividing walls. At least one lightweight, heat insulating and fire retarding wall element is placed between each adjacent pair of said columns. The columns are covered to provide substantially closed wall surfaces. The wall surfaces are covered with a covering layer having properties so as to provide fire-resistance to the complete wall. The covering layer on the inside wall surface may include a base layer of modified resin mortar, and a top layer of plaster mortar. The covering layer on the outside wall surface may include a base layer of modified resin mortar and a top layer of mineral mortar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: VEERHUIS BEHEER, B.V.
    Inventors: Albertus Theodorus Gerardus Veerman, Aije Jacob Simons, Bernardus Johannes Bos
  • Patent number: 7665251
    Abstract: Steel frames formed of rolled steel I-beams are connected by steel framed wall panels spanned by steel studs, and covered by steel framed roof panels spanned by steel purlins, making a structural frame completely formed of steel components bolted together. All components are precut and predrilled before transport to a construction site. A crane is used to raise steel frames and steel framed roof panels into position for bolted assembly, reducing construction times to absolute minimums. Entire structure is virtually lightning-proof, wind-proof, and earthquake resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Steven Lang, Joseph Lang
  • Publication number: 20100031586
    Abstract: A roof joist for a roof section of a modular building having an interior ceiling with a length, having an upper chord, central chord, and lower chord. The lower chord comprises: (i) a top chord segment joined to, and parallel with, the central chord; (ii) a pair of sidewall chord segments that oppose one another and extend parallel to the top chord segment; and (iii) a pair of outer flanges that extend outwardly from the sidewall chord segments to support the interior ceiling. A pair of inner flanges can also extend inwardly from the sidewall chord segments to support fixtures in the interior of the building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: Project FROG, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 7624550
    Abstract: Composite structural system for floors or roofs comprising steel beams and reinforced concrete slab or shear walls comprising steel columns and reinforced concrete diaphragms. In both cases a steel plate with holes crossed with rebars is welded to the steel beam or to the steel column which performs the integral combination of the concrete, the structural element and the rebars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Pedro Ospina
  • Patent number: 7603815
    Abstract: A panel structure of a steel house built by constructing multi-story structural frameworks by forming wall panels by fastening face members to rectangular frames of light-gage channels of sheet steels, constructing walls of each story by disposing said wall panels along the four sides of a rectangle, and assembling said wall panels and a floor panel consisting of a wall plate mounted on floor joists, the panel structure characterized in that side ends of said floor panel are connected to the inner upper end of the wall panels of the lower story, and the end edges of the wall panels of the upper and lower stories on at least two opposite sides of said four sides are butt-joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Kazunori Fujihashi, Shigeaki Tohnai, Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20090193726
    Abstract: According to the invention, a building with an endwall overhang is disclosed. The building may include a wall and a roof frame. The wall may have an inside facing inward to the structure and an outside facing outward from the structure, each of the inside and the outside having an upper region, and the roof frame may include a plurality of roof members. The building may also include at least one support member on the upper region of the outside of the wall, protruding outward from the structure. The building may further include an overhang assembly with at least one roof piece, a trim piece and a lengthwise member, the lengthwise member having at least two orthogonal surfaces. The roof and trim pieces may be coupled with the surfaces of the lengthwise member. The overhang assembly may be coupled with the structure by coupling the roof piece with the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Tuff Shed, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Saurey, Owen Woodruff Bunker, II
  • Patent number: 7543420
    Abstract: A clip for securing metal plates in walls constructed using masonry blocks. The clip includes a plate portion and a block portion. The block portion has members that form an opening that fits over a member of a masonry block. The plate portion also has members that form an opening that receives and secures a metal plate. When the block portion is placed on the member of a masonry block, the clip holds a metal plate in a fixed position relative to the masonry block. The clip can include notches on an edge of one of the members to more securely hold the clip on the masonry block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Trico Masonry Products, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence Ray Holt
  • Publication number: 20090013626
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the method for structure the house. It went up to a sky and it comes down. Therefore, the structure which closes all windows and all doors. My invention is to provide the method for constructing the large-scale building the building having the structure of not breaking in the large size typhoon or being protected from the criminal in the plain or the mountainous area. As to the method, all windows and door are closed in an instant. All doors and window are closed because. So, a danger can be averted. And it effectively can manage with the dangerous situation. And a damage is reduced from the extension fire. Therefore, my invention is a building which reduces the damage of the typhoon. And my invention is a building to close the infiltration of the robber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Jeom Young Jeong
  • Patent number: 7475517
    Abstract: The present invention provides a joining structure of a roof truss using thin light-gauge shaped steel. In a joining structure for joining a subsidiary roof with a main roof, a valley bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is inserted and disposed in the longitudinal valley direction of a joining member for joining a rafter forming the subsidiary roof with a truss or a rafter forming the main roof. In a joining structure in which a roof truss upper chord member or a rafter intersects a wall on the upper surface of the wall, a bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is disposed at the intersection of these members and fixes the roof truss upper chord member or the rafter to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Jun Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7451575
    Abstract: A floor system includes a pair of joist rim assemblies each having a web defining a first surface. The web also includes a mounting portion defining a second surface offset from the first surface. The joist rim may also include a prong defining a slot along with the web. A joist connector bracket is received within the slot and is connectable to the mounting portion of the web. A joist extends between the pair of joist rim assemblies and is connected to the joist connector bracket of each joist rim assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Georgi Hall, Hoang Nguyen, Herb Kamphausen
  • Publication number: 20080276553
    Abstract: An affordable, sustainable building, comprising substantially entirely mass-produced, prefabricated constituent parts manufactured off-site, the prefabricated constituent parts comprising a foundation, a frame module comprising a plurality of frames, wherein the frame module is secured to the foundation, a reversible connector to connect the plurality of frames to form the frame module, a wall panel configured to be mounted onto the frame module, a floor panel configured to be mounted onto the frame module, and a ceiling panel configured to be mounted on to the frame module. Each constituent part forms part of a library of parts from which the constituent parts are selected. The constituent parts are preferably made in standardized sizes to facilitate efficient mass production. The constituent parts are predominantly made of recyclable material so as to be environmentally friendly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
  • Publication number: 20080163573
    Abstract: A subframe for retrofitting an existing roof with a new roof is disclosed. In some embodiments, the subframe comprises a base, a first and second longitudinal flanges, a first wall extending between the base and the first longitudinal flange, a second wall spaced apart from the first wall and extending between the base and the second longitudinal flange, and a traversely-oriented punch out passing through the base, the first wall and the second wall. The punch out is configured to receive a rib of the existing roof. Once installed on the existing roof and coupled to the new roof, the subframe and new roof form an enclosed, self-supporting structure with increased structural capacity and stability in comparison to conventional retrofitted roof systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: COMMERCIAL SIDING AND MAINTENANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Wendelburg, Tim A. Lane
  • Patent number: 7299597
    Abstract: A clip for securing metal plates in walls constructed using masonry blocks. The clip includes a plate portion and a block portion. The block portion has members that form an opening that fits over a member of a masonry block. The plate portion also has members that form an opening that receives and secures a metal plate. When the block portion is placed on the member of a masonry block, the clip holds a metal plate in a fixed position relative to the masonry block. One member of the block portion can be angled. The block portion may also include a gripping portion that is used to secure the clip to a masonry block. The plate portion may include a spacer to secure the metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Lawrence Ray Holt
  • Patent number: 7243464
    Abstract: A modular building system (100) including preformed extrusion-molded polymeric material (116). Parts include integral connector elements (160, 162) which can be slidably and snappingly reversibly interconnected to form the basic frame (102) and panel structures (108) of an overall building. The interconnected region permits limited ranges of angular as well as translational relative motion between adjacent, connected elements. Parts are assembled simply and quickly in the field, without requiring skilled labor or specialized tools, to form a functionally solid and stable building which responds to loads and temperature changes with yieldable, accommodating deformations that minimize the likelihood of building structural damage, and effectively transmit necessary loads to the ground via load-transfer paths through the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: James H. Crowell
  • Patent number: 7147197
    Abstract: A system of building concrete homes and apartment buildings. The system creates a structure that is well insulated and that is very practical and economical to build. The system uses standard components such as wall ties, concrete forms, rigid foam insulation, and concrete, all of which are readily available in the market today. The system creates a building that is insulated and thermally broken at its structural connections such that use in temperate and colder climates is possible. Presently concrete construction finds only limited use for the construction of single family and multi-family housing. The system is economical to construct when compared to wood frame housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Michael E. Dalton
  • Patent number: 6920729
    Abstract: An insulated load bearing building wall structure comprising a plurality of spaced-apart stud members, each stud member comprising an exterior bar member, an interior bar member, and a plurality of wall ties connected there between. Interstitial blocks comprising a generally self-supporting insulating material are disposed between adjacent pairs of stud members. A surface coating material is disposed along the exterior and interior faces of the wall structure and in contact with the interstitial blocks. The wall ties each comprise a composite material that is resistant to heat transfer, thereby reducing the amount of heat transferred between the interior and exterior surfaces of the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Peter J. Konopka
  • Patent number: 6892498
    Abstract: Each panel of an interlocking construction system comprises: first and second sheathing members; at least one framing member secured between the sheathing members; a male and/or female panel side edge. The male panel side edge includes splines, each extending from between the sheathing members distally beyond the side edges, substantially perpendicular thereto. The female panel side edge includes a opposing pairs of parallel grooves, one on each sheathing member and extending proximally from the second side edge substantially perpendicular thereto. The female panel edge may engage a male panel edge of another similarly adapted panel with the splines of the other panel received within the grooves of the female panel edge. The male panel edge is adapted for engaging a female panel edge of another similarly adapted panel with the splines of the male panel edge inserted into grooves of the other panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: James D. Roman
  • Patent number: 6874287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steel structural system for erecting stories of buildings, especially stories containing dwelling rooms, work rooms or rooms for accommodating household appliances where at least one floor structure (3) and ceiling structure (30) are provided, that each ceiling structure (30) serves as a floor structure (3) for another story, that load-bearing story supports (2) are arranged on the floor structure (3), and the ceiling structure (30) rests on these story supports, that an elastically sound-dampening joining system (4) is provided, which joins each of the story supports (2) with the floor structure (3), that the joining system (4) has a securing element (5), which is provided for laterally fixing the story support (2) to the floor structure (3), and is joined to the floor structure (3), that the joining system (4) exhibits a separating layer made out of flexible material with a high degree of resilience when deformed and a low plastic long-term compression, and that the separating lay
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Ludwig Felser
  • Patent number: 6851236
    Abstract: A horizontally level raised terrace floor system for mounting over a non-level or irregular substructure that includes a plurality of spaced apart support pedestals that are fabricated of a heat shearable foam material. Each pedestal is mounted upon the non-horizontally level substructure and the pedestals are heat sheared so that the top surface of each pedestal lies in a common horizontal plane above the substructure. A plurality of flat grates are placed directly upon the pedestals in an edge to edge relationship. A plurality of interlocking paving blocks are laid down over the grates to provide a tight deck over the grates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Syrstone, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Harvey
  • Patent number: 6735914
    Abstract: A load bearing composite building wall structure comprising a plurality of spaced-apart stud members, each stud member comprising an exterior bar member, an interior bar member, and a plurality of wall ties connected there between. Interstitial blocks comprising a generally self-supporting material are disposed between adjacent pairs of stud members. A surface coating material is disposed along the exterior and interior faces of the wall structure and in contact with the interstitial blocks. The surface coating material has an increased thickness in an area adjacent to one or more stud members. The increased thickness of the surface coating material provides an increase in the load bearing capacity of the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Peter J. Konopka
  • Patent number: 6691478
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a plurality of joists. In one embodiment, the apparatus may include a joist rim having a web and first and second rim legs extending substantially perpendicularly from the web. The apparatus may also include a plurality of joist attachment tabs integrally formed in the web. Each of the joist attachment tabs may extend from the web at an angle relative to the web and form a corresponding opening in the web. The apparatus may include at least two reinforcing ribs between at least two adjacent openings. In another embodiment the apparatus may include joist locator tabs not attached to the joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Dietrich Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Randall Daudet, Gregory S. Ralph, Edmund L. Ponko
  • Patent number: 6651393
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new type of module in which the floor of the module is integral with the ceiling placement upon the module below it. This invention also provides utilization of temperature top protection a module during shipment. This invention also relates to a construction method where the stabilizing structure for the building including stairs and hallways constructed first, and the module are constructed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Lorwood Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence C. Don, Victor Lissiak
  • Patent number: 6578331
    Abstract: An integral and structural wall panel for a generally studless house where the wall panel is in effect the stud (instead of a two inch by four inch piece of dimensional lumber being the stud) and where the wall panel is a vapor barrier (instead of the polyethylene sheet being the vapor barrier). The wall panel runs integrally, or as generally one-piece, from end to end of an exterior wall, from the top to bottom of an exterior wall, and from face to face of the exterior wall, thereby directly transmitting load from end to end, top to bottom, and from face to face and thereby minimizing joints where vapor leakage may occur. The wall panel is generally impervious to water vapor even though formed of an organic material such as wood, preferably oriented strand board, rendering a polyethylene or metallic water vapor barrier optional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: International Building Concepts, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert H. Leslie, Robert J. Leslie