Engineering & Testing

Although the recent commotion about lumber design values has been centered on Southern Pine, traders and industry associations are also keeping their eyes on other lumber species.

This article outlines how homebuilders across the country are preparing for Energy Star 3.0, which goes into effect January 1, 2012.

While tables, charts and software programs are a great guide, they cannot replace a talented design professional and frequently do not yield the most cost effective and efficient designs.

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) issued Supplement No. 10 on October 26, 2011. In essence, Supplement No. 10 adds 17 additional MSR grades (as low as 750), and 11 MEL grades (M-32 through M-42).

This story gathers excerpts from the latest online reports regarding the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values.

At the ALSC meeting yesterday (Oct 20), a strong coalition made up of representatives from SBCA, NAHB, NAHB’s Building System Council, the Leading Builders of America, ABC, TPI and NLBMDA provided testimony discussing the potential ramifications of the proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values and provided a wide variety of thoughts and perspectives.

The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review announced in an email memo it would be delaying its decision regarding Southern Pine design values in order to hold an additional hearing in approximately 60 days.

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) recently announced a potential reduction of grade-marked Southern pine lumber design values for all structural end uses. For component manufacturers, there is value in immediately communicating with your customers how the potential changes may directly affect each business transaction, now and in the future.

In the past week, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) have published notices regarding a potential reduction of grade-marked Southern Pine Lumber design values for all structural end uses.