Engineering & Testing

In response to recommendations by SPIB proposing a reduction in some building standards to which Southern pine can officially be expected to perform, the NFBA submitted recommendations to the American Lumber Standards Committee.

SBCA and SFPA hosted the Southern Pine Design Value Forum, a two-day meeting which brought together component manufacturers, homebuilders, Southern Pine lumber producers, and lumber experts to discuss the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine design values.

Shock, awe, outrage, numbness, bewilderment. That seems to be the sequence of emotions when we are exposed to a disappointment of epic proportion. Layman's Lumber Guide looks at this series of emotions as it pertains to the proposed Southern Pine lumber design value changes.

Although the recent commotion about lumber design values has been centered on Southern Pine, traders and industry associations are also keeping their eyes on other lumber species.

This article outlines how homebuilders across the country are preparing for Energy Star 3.0, which goes into effect January 1, 2012.

While tables, charts and software programs are a great guide, they cannot replace a talented design professional and frequently do not yield the most cost effective and efficient designs.

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) issued Supplement No. 10 on October 26, 2011. In essence, Supplement No. 10 adds 17 additional MSR grades (as low as 750), and 11 MEL grades (M-32 through M-42).

This story gathers excerpts from the latest online reports regarding the SPIB's proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values.

At the ALSC meeting yesterday (Oct 20), a strong coalition made up of representatives from SBCA, NAHB, NAHB’s Building System Council, the Leading Builders of America, ABC, TPI and NLBMDA provided testimony discussing the potential ramifications of the proposed changes to Southern Pine Lumber design values and provided a wide variety of thoughts and perspectives.

The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review announced in an email memo it would be delaying its decision regarding Southern Pine design values in order to hold an additional hearing in approximately 60 days.