Southern Pine Design Value Forum a Success

Originally published by: SBCANovember 21, 2011

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The Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) and Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) teamed up this week in Atlanta to host the Southern Pine Design Value Forum.   This two-day meeting brought together component manufacturers, homebuilders, Southern Pine lumber producers, and lumber experts to discuss the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s (SPIB) proposed changes to Southern Pine design values.

The key objective of this session was to allow the 54 participants, representing many of the affected parties, an opportunity to share their points of view and work on recommendations to present to the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review prior to their next meeting on January 5, 2012 in Washington, DC.

SFPA provided this summary of the forum:

  • The first session was devoted to education – learning more about the various data sets, the science behind the data, options to consider, the approval and implementation process, impacts on users, plus a summary of Southern Pine producer capabilities.
  • After the first session was complete, three mixed groups of lumber producers, component manufacturers, builders and technical experts broke out into smaller discussions, reporting their recommendations for moving forward to the entire group in a concluding session.

Based on the discussions had by the mixed groups, it was determined that three task groups would be created to address three topics ALSC identified as areas of concern in reaching a determination on SPIB’s lumber design value recommendations.

The first task group will be responsible for summarizing the viewpoints of the forum attendees, and drafting a unified statement to the ALSC Board of Review.

The second task group will be responsible for analyzing the three sets of Southern Pine test data (from tests conducted by SPIB, the SBC Research Institute and Mississippi State University), reviewing the underlying statistics, and writing a collective statement explaining why it’s likely there is not an immediate safety concern with regard to buildings already constructed of Southern Pine, and why design values changes should be made after additional testing is completed.

The third task group will be responsible for providing guidance to ALSC about how the implementation process should be structured for current and future proposed changes to lumber design values.

These three task groups are responsible for completing their assignments prior to the December 28, 2011 ALSC Board of Review deadline for submitting comments regarding Southern Pine design values.

SBCA will continue to post updates regarding Southern Pine design values on its lumber page. Refer to this web page for ongoing information and analysis.

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