Engineering & Testing

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best -- and cheapest -- construction materials known: wood. 

The potential of bamboo to dramatically raise the sustainability of the construction sector has long been touted by green building advocates, while use of the material is currently undergoing a renaissance amongst environmentally minded architects.

The gargantuan grass plant grows at an extremely rapid pace and possesses high tensile strength. Its long tubular shape also makes it intrinsically suited for use as a structural component in various building sections.

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.