Engineering & Testing

Shea Homes’ Arizona division recently found its own application for 3D printing: model homes.

Timber Products Inspection, Inc. (TP) and the Canadian Softwood Inspection Agency, Inc. (CSI), dba Macdonald Inspection Services (MI), announced that effective May 3, 2016, the two companies have merged.

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction.

SBCA’s continual research and hands-on involvement in the building industry provides the association with the opportunity to publish reports on an ongoing basis. 

Simpson Strong-Tie is establishing an annual $100,000 donation for the next eight years to support Washington State University construction and engineering research.

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best -- and cheapest -- construction materials known: wood. 

The potential of bamboo to dramatically raise the sustainability of the construction sector has long been touted by green building advocates, while use of the material is currently undergoing a renaissance amongst environmentally minded architects.

The gargantuan grass plant grows at an extremely rapid pace and possesses high tensile strength. Its long tubular shape also makes it intrinsically suited for use as a structural component in various building sections.

On March 1, 2016, the Truss Plate Institute (TPI) made available on their website a free read-only version of the ANSI/TPI 1-2014 Standard

Recent ASTM E119 testing conducted independently by UL and NGC Testing Services provide compelling evidence that Exception 4 in the IRC-12 R501.3 and IRC-15 R302.13 should be amended out of the code.

Cadsoft Corporation introduced their Envisioneer software’s integration with revolutionary virtual reality (VR) technology at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.