Engineering & Testing

Following is a chronological summary of the correspondence between SBCA and AWC regarding its Special Design Provisions for Wind & Seismic (SDPWS) consensus standard.

Without transparent knowledge, SBCA argues the “at least the equivalent” language in the IBC wood shear panel with regard nominal unit shear capacity (NUSC) values has been, and can continue to be, used to severely limit competitive access to a market.

Mother Nature is teaming up with a collection of green building advocates and industry groups to propel a movement that home builders generally support but that they also fear could give rise to onerous new codes.

The Truss Plate Institute (TPI) announced today the opening of a Public Review & Comment period for the draft BSR/TPI 2-201X “Standard for Testing Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses.

A Swedish-German research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibres stronger than steel by weight.

Steven M. Cramer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, has been named UW-Madison vice provost for teaching and learning. 

The rules regarding the duties and powers of the code official [building official in the International Building Code (IBC)] have been in place for several decades and are well understood by those who administer the codes. 

SBCA has sent a letter to the American Wood Council (AWC) regarding the association's participation in the revision and balloting process for the WDSC on the Special Design Provisions Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) standard.

This article explores the concept of building a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years.

Nationwide Insurance’s loss experience with post-frame buildings is disproportionately represented by newly constructed facilities. The company recently gave a presentation discussing common oversights in post-frame building design and construction.