Industry News

Due to heated budget debates during the second half of last year, Congress failed to approve a 2011 “tax extenders”  bill.  This article looks at the provisions that expired.

While the average price of a single family home has dropped over the last two years, the share of that price which goes to construction cost and finished lot cost has not changed significantly.

Over the last 40 years, a discernible trend has emerged with respect to the ratio of single-family to multifamily housing starts.

Today, ALSC updated their approval of SP design values with a supplemental ruling that includes changes to No. 2 2x4 and lesser grades (No. 3, Stud, Construction, Standard and Utility) of the same size.

ALSC announced today it has approved SPIB's proposed design value change for No. 2 2x4 grade of Southern Pine only, with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.


A sincere kudos must go out to Timber Products Inspection for taking the initiative to create a very interesting, valuable and innovative lumber grading approach.

SBCA is compiling an ongoing list of lumber mills that have publicly supported the structural components industry’s position regarding the Southern Pine lumber design value change issue.

There is no new news from the ALSC Board of Review deliberations following the January 5 hearing, but there are some interesting observations to be had.

The American Wood Council has announced the election of its 2012 officers and Board of Directors.