Engineering & Testing

On April 27, 2012, ALSC issued a memorandum containing a summary of a legal analysis of its procedures regarding evaluation of design values and other related matters. 

The ALSC Board of Review met on April 18, 2012, and appear to be in support of a proposed MSU study of regional variation in Southern Pine lumber properties. They also affirmed that SPIB's recommendations for design value changes will remain on the approval track.

An engineer’s perspective on the Softwood Lumber Design Value reduction, and what CMs can learn from an engineer’s memo.

There are log trusses and then, well, there's the 80-foot behemoth log truss recently handmade over a 10-week period by the blood, sweat and tears of two Deadwood Log Homes workers.

If you would support the lumber study proposed by Mississippi State University, please let Travis Lumber Company know by sending a note or an e-mail no later than tomorrow, April 13.

Obtaining code compliance for a product can be a complicated, messy and drawn-out process. The Structural Building Components Research Institute (SBCRI), partnering with Qualtim, offers a new, streamlined approach to code compliance. It’s a road less traveled that can be much quicker and more robust than the traditional path, because it is merely focused on complying with the law. 

AWC has developed an addendum to the NDS Design Values for Wood Construction that provides design values for Southern Pine and Mixed Southern Pine to use with the 2012 NDS, 2005 NDS, and the 2001 NDS.

MSU has proposed a study of Southern Pine lumber and SBCA is in the process of drafting a letter of support to the ALSC prior to their April 18 Board of Review meeting.

On April 3, ALSC sent a letter to SBCA in response to a March 31 letter requesting further information on lumber design value testing currently being conducted on North American softwood lumber species.

 

Three experts argue for using advanced building systems to meet new standards and reduce overall costs.