Engineering & Testing

On March 1, 2016, the Truss Plate Institute (TPI) made available on their website a free read-only version of the ANSI/TPI 1-2014 Standard

Recent ASTM E119 testing conducted independently by UL and NGC Testing Services provide compelling evidence that Exception 4 in the IRC-12 R501.3 and IRC-15 R302.13 should be amended out of the code.

Cadsoft Corporation introduced their Envisioneer software’s integration with revolutionary virtual reality (VR) technology at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

DOE’s Energy Code Field Study is underway in eight states, and it has released it's first set of data.

DOE’s Energy Code Field Study is underway in eight states, and it has released it's first set of data.

Through its Plan B campaign, Metsä Wood of Finland seeks to educate other architects and designers that wood should always be considered as a serious construction option.

SBCA has recently published an updated and expanded research report on the fire resistance ratings of various truss assemblies. The revised document covers more assembly designs and options than the previous version.

A letter form the AWC is being shared to make it clear to the marketplace the extent to which politics, not science-based facts, resulted in R501.3 being drafted and adopted into the 2012 IRC, and the lengths to which one of its original authors, namely AWC, will go to preserve it.

This article contains public email correspondence from  Mr. Steve Orlowski of NAHB and is being shared to make it clear to the marketplace the extent to which politics, not science-based facts, resulted in R501.3 being drafted and adopted into the ICC's 2012 IRC.

The top 10 headlines for Energy Efficiency & Building Science News in the Q3 of 2015 highlighted a number of innovative new products and designs.