Engineering & Testing

The winners of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) demonstrate that good design is not limited to high-priced homes - and they're also a preview of design trends home buyers will see over the next several years.

The USDA's Forest Products Laboratory has informed ALSC that it has completed its review of western grading agencies' monitoring data of Douglas Fir/Western Larch

Entrepreneur finds a creative way to recycle Beer Drinkers empties and Builds the World's Largest Eco-Friendly GreenStone Building.

In preparation for the ALSC Board of Review meeting on January 30, 2013, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) has submitted a draft of its proposed Supplement 13.

At ALSC's January 30 meeting, SBCA will be advocating for a transition period in line with the precedent ALSC established when approving SYP design value changes in January 2012.

Given the structural component industry’s reliance on design values, the SBCA Executive Committee has created and approved a draft policy for consideration by the SBCA Board of Directors.

SBCA has put together a series of tables comparing changes to SYP design values in an Excel spreadsheet with separate tabs for each size.

In a letter to ALSC, FPL determined that SPIB's revised version of the design values were developed using ASTM standards or other technically sound criteria and as such "represent an appropriate estimate of the Southern Pine design values at this time.”

Looking at the top ten SBC Industry News headlines for the year, it was evident that the Southern Pine design value issue was the most heavily followed story because it commanded all ten spots!

On December 12, 2012, SPIB submitted new recommendations to the ALSC regarding changes to SP design values.