Engineering & Testing

The next (2019) version of NFPA 285, Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, is currently in a second draft, and public comments are being accepted until December 8, 2017.

This video created by The Verge showcases how structural components play an integral role in the design and construction of a home that is more resistant to hurricane-strength winds.

SBCRI renewed its ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation certificate January 4, 2017 and expanded its scope to cover 42 standards, specifications, methods, concepts and related testing techniques.

Weyerhaeuser has announced the availability of an updated version of its popular Javelin software that allows users to build a complete model of the entire structural frame for a project.

The 100-year-old building at First and Wright streets in downtown La Salle is getting a no-holds-barred makeover. The trusses are made of heavy lumber and designed to support a roof over a large space without columns.

The 'fine print' is often not reviewed closely, if at all. As a consequence, exposure to risk may not be directly  and fully considered.

There are many terms used for ‘product evaluation reports’ or ‘technical evaluations.’ A generic statement typically heard in the marketplace is, “you need to have an ICC report.”

After 38 years of unwavering determination to advance the state of truss component engineering and construction framing practices, David B. Brakeman, P.E., S.E. is will retire later this year.

Building failures often start at the top. A strong truss ensures for a stronger building, adaptable to the rigorous winds and rumblings of nature.

You may recall the Brier Creek Multifamily building collapse (video below) due to a straight line wind gust of approximately 86 mph that went viral in early 2014.