SBCA Requests Further Lumber Testing Information from ALSC

Originally published by: SBCAApril 2, 2012

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On Saturday, March 31, 2012, SBCA sent a letter to the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC), requesting further information on lumber design value testing currently being conducted on North American softwood lumber species (click on the pdf link below to view a copy of the letter).

In particular, the 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?

As soon as SBCA receives a response from ALSC regarding this request for information, it will be published in Industry News and post on SBCA's lumber website: www.sbcindustry.com/lumber.php.