Building Codes

A group of organizations have prepared a Statement of Consensus which covers some of the controversial issues associated with Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in LEED.

AWC has developed an addendum to the NDS Design Values for Wood Construction that provides design values for Southern Pine and Mixed Southern Pine to use with the 2012 NDS, 2005 NDS, and the 2001 NDS.

SBCA has created a complete 2x4 through 2x12 Southern Pine lumber blind substitution chart for component manufacturers to use in preparation for the September 1, 2012 deadline.

It appears the innovative Audited Stress Rating (ASR) program proposed by Timber Products has hit the end of the line.

 Looking through old issues of Wood Words Magazine (SBC Magazine’s predecessor), you can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu when reading this article from August 1991 regarding lumber design values.

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.

The third and latest draft of LEED 2012 shuts out 75% of North America’s forests because they are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council, according to representatives of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

A look at how Republican-controlled State Legislatures are attempting to preempt local governments on issues like buildings codes, zoning, and others.

KB Home is being sued by a group of homeowners in Cary, N.C., because it installed weather barriers behind fiber cement siding in some residential developments but not others.

The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition held a briefing on Capitol Hill this past Thursday.