Engineering & Testing

A report that rates Mississippi far worse than other coastal states at mandating and enforcing building standards should be a wake-up call for policy makers.

Today, ALSC updated their approval of SP design values with a supplemental ruling that includes changes to No. 2 2x4 and lesser grades (No. 3, Stud, Construction, Standard and Utility) of the same size.

ALSC announced today it has approved SPIB's proposed design value change for No. 2 2x4 grade of Southern Pine only, with a recommended effective date of June 1, 2012.


A sincere kudos must go out to Timber Products Inspection for taking the initiative to create a very interesting, valuable and innovative lumber grading approach.

SBCA is compiling an ongoing list of lumber mills that have publicly supported the structural components industry’s position regarding the Southern Pine lumber design value change issue.

There is no new news from the ALSC Board of Review deliberations following the January 5 hearing, but there are some interesting observations to be had.

The pinnacle of the effort expended by all the parties affected by SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine design values was the SFPA facilitated Industry Summit in Nov.

SBCA’s position on lumber design values was reaffirmed at the January 5, 2012 ALSC Board of Review meeting.

The ALSC Board met yesterday to hear testimony regarding SPIB's recommended SP design values changes. We will make everyone aware of their ruling as soon as it is made public.


On January 10, FEA is teaming up with SBCA to provide a comprehensive webinar, Assessing the Impact of Southern Pine Design Value Changes