Building Codes

The American Wood Council (AWC) has revised several of its standards and design tools in response to upcoming changes to Southern Pine design values.

A new generation of highrise commercial and institutional wood buildings are planned for B.C. in the next couple of years.

SFPA issued a notice to its members that Canadian Standards Association has issued a member ballot to remove SYP equivalency to SPF in response to SYP design value changes.

Compliance with various energy code provisions may become more difficult in the short-term due to an unexpected expandable polystyrene (EPS) supply squeeze on the horizon.

On April 27, 2012, ALSC issued a memorandum containing a summary of a legal analysis of its procedures regarding evaluation of design values and other related matters. 

The ALSC Board of Review met on April 18, 2012, and appear to be in support of a proposed MSU study of regional variation in Southern Pine lumber properties. They also affirmed that SPIB's recommendations for design value changes will remain on the approval track.

An engineer’s perspective on the Softwood Lumber Design Value reduction, and what CMs can learn from an engineer’s memo.

The Virginia building code mandates improved energy efficiency in residential construction, here's the reaction and response among VA builders. 

If you would support the lumber study proposed by Mississippi State University, please let Travis Lumber Company know by sending a note or an e-mail no later than tomorrow, April 13.

Obtaining code compliance for a product can be a complicated, messy and drawn-out process. The Structural Building Components Research Institute (SBCRI), partnering with Qualtim, offers a new, streamlined approach to code compliance. It’s a road less traveled that can be much quicker and more robust than the traditional path, because it is merely focused on complying with the law.