ALSC Issues Response Letter Regarding Lumber Testing

Originally published by: SBCAApril 10, 2012

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On April 3, ALSC sent a letter to SBCA (click on the first pdf link below to view a copy) in response to a March 31 letter  (click on the second pdf link below to view a copy)  requesting further information on lumber design value testing currently being conducted on North American softwood lumber species.

The SBCA letter asks ALSC to address a series of questions at their next Board of Review meeting on April 18, 2012, including:

  1. When is the reevaluation period for various species of North American softwood lumber projected to be completed?
  2. Will all future design value changes approved by the ALSC Board of Review include an implementation period (similar to the six-month period allowed for Southern Pine No. 2 2x4)?
  3. For those lumber species currently going through a full matrix or partial testing, are grading agencies finding design values are lower, similar or higher than currently published design values?
  4. If there are lumber species currently not undergoing full matrix testing, what is the reasoning?

In response, ALSC has indicated it will address these questions at the April 18 meeting and make the minutes available afterward.  As soon as we receive a copy, it will be published in Industry News and posted on SBCA's lumber website: www.sbcindustry.com/lumber.php.