Engineering & Testing

The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source — a leading architectural firm known for its towers of steel and concrete.

Customers shouldn’t have to wait for your new products. That’s why DrJ Engineering has created a viable alternative to the high cost of getting new, innovative products to market.

This is a public letter from the membership of SBCA to the American Lumber Standards Committee (“ALSC”), the American Wood Council (“AWC”), the National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”), the Southern Forest Products Association (“SFPA”) and the International Code Council (“ICC”) and their collective members.

Universal Forest Products, Inc. has launched a new structural frame system through one of its affiliates that purports to lower costs and provide flexibility to architects and builders.

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

A study showed that a uniformly insulated thermal envelope is readily achievable with post-frame construction. 

At the SBCA OQM on August 1, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a “Joint TPI/SBCA-SBCRI Industry Test Program,” focused on building a financial foundation to facilitate industry-focused testing for the benefit of all component manufacturer and supplier members.

Just a handful of the 2,065 International Code Council (ICC) code change proposals now under consideration could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of new-home construction without any significant health or safety benefits.

An architect has been working for years to incorporate sections of whole trees into the buildings he designs; now his firm is producing floor and roof trusses made with round timbers.

New, lightweight residential construction methods, green building materials, open floor plans and larger square footage are making it harder and more dangerous for firefighters to safely extinguish house blazes and for occupants to safely escape them.