Engineering & Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold its Better Building Summit May 7-9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

At a panel at ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago, panelists and audience participants were asked what innovations Apple Computer’s founder and CEO would have undertaken had he been a residential developer.

A federal agency has recommended that national standards should be set for building construction, storm shelters and emergency communications to reduce death and damage from tornados.

In the state of Texas, there is a new requirement that all engineers who renew an active professional engineering license, and all new applicants for licensure in the state, complete a one-time Criminal History Record Check. 

LP Building Products has released the new LP SolidStart LPI 530 I-Joist in the West Coast region.

At the SBCA Open Quarterly Meeting (OQM) in Chicago, IL on August 1, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a raw material's design value policy.

In addition to Dan Holland's thoughts, there is a golden nugget of critical information in the October 4, 2013, Random Lengths article that many readers may have missed.

On September 23, SBCA sent a letter (to APA and AWC) regarding SBCA/SBCRI fundamental unit shear capacity equivalency benchmarking and SBCA/SBCRI findings regarding wood structural panel unit shear capacities from SBCRI testing.

Both engineers and lumber dealers typically rely on an engineering design software program—often from an engineered wood supplier—to analyze loads as the first step of the takeoff process. Some dealers send the plans to a software-equipped truss plant to make the call instead.

The Truss Plate Institute (TPI) announced today the opening of a third Public Review & Comment period for the draft BSR/TPI 1-2014 (revision to ANSI/TPI 1-2007).