Engineering & Testing

The rules regarding the duties and powers of the code official [building official in the International Building Code (IBC)] have been in place for several decades and are well understood by those who administer the codes. 

SBCA has sent a letter to the American Wood Council (AWC) regarding the association's participation in the revision and balloting process for the WDSC on the Special Design Provisions Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) standard.

This article explores the concept of building a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years.

Nationwide Insurance’s loss experience with post-frame buildings is disproportionately represented by newly constructed facilities. The company recently gave a presentation discussing common oversights in post-frame building design and construction.

This concrete-composite lumber is rated for direct contact with water or soil and is fire-resistant, according to its manufacturer.

An effective new form of insulation created entirely from wood has been created by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research.

The Waco Fire Department’s new Station 7 on North Fifth Street and an ambulance garage in Newton are being built with wood trusses.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) recently released a report titled, "Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings." 

An iPad app designed to teach children about structural engineering has taken the US by storm, reaching #22 on the download charts for the iconic tablet brand.

Boise, Idaho-based BMC launched a brand extension called BMC Design, aimed at boosting service for existing customers and appealing to homeowners, designers and architects.