Building Codes

While tables, charts and software programs are a great guide, they cannot replace a talented design professional and frequently do not yield the most cost effective and efficient designs.

SBCA and SFPA hosted the Southern Pine Design Value Forum, a two-day meeting which brought together component manufacturers, homebuilders, Southern Pine lumber producers, and lumber experts to discuss the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine design values.

SFPA has experienced industry-wide interest in the Southern Pine Design Value Forum, to be held next week in Atlanta. SFPA wants to remind all interested parties that participation in this event is by invitation only.

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has posted on its website www.southernpine.com the maximum span capabilities for Southern Pine joists and rafters, using the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s (SPIB) proposed design values for visually graded dimension lumber.

Recently, there have been design value changes proposed for some visual grades of lumber. These decisions will have no impact on the design values of Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lumber and Machine Evaluated Lumber (MEL) because of the way these products are manufactured and tested.

People living in the storm-torn areas of Tuscaloosa got a primer Thursday night on what kind of residential structures may — and may not — be allowed when rebuilding efforts begin in earnest.

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) issued Supplement No. 10 on October 26, 2011. In essence, Supplement No. 10 adds 17 additional MSR grades (as low as 750), and 11 MEL grades (M-32 through M-42).

This story gathers excerpts from the latest online reports regarding the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values.

This ALSC press release announces the Board of Review's deferred decision on approving a recommendation by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) that would modify design values for visually graded dimension lumber.

The ICC and ASHRAE have collaborated to create a publication with the most innovative energy-efficiency requirements for residential and commercial buildings.