A dome made of wood uses an innovative truss arch approach

A Straightforward Approach to Round Design

Plum Building Systems converted a steel dome into wood with an innovative truss arch approach.

Industry News

  • To determine the effects of weather on a truss, SBCRI is working with CMs from around the country to provide data, leading to an improved understanding of trusses exposed to weather.

  • In the South, timber prices haven’t stopped sliding. Adjusted for inflation, the price of Southern pine is down about 45% since 2007, according to Daowei Zhang, an Auburn University professor of forest economics.

  • While there is value in following a good set of best practices like those contained in BCSI, SBCRI is looking to improve the knowledge behind BCSI’s guidelines in a way that only data gathered through testing can do.

  • Component Manufacturers and Suppliers alike can say they successfully crafted connections and brewed success in Milwaukee, Wi. for the 38th Building Components Manufacturers Conference October 23-26.

Lumber being moved in a lumberyard


Seeing the Forest 
for the Lumber

The recent direction in federal lands timber
harvest policy is encouraging for the industry


A man handles trusses wearing eye protection and gloves


Getting a Handle
on Safety Costs

Investment in simple
PPE can save a lot


Two men stand next to each other facing a computer screen in a truss plant


Plant a Seed

November is the best month
to start building relationships
with new lawmakers