Latest Reports Regarding Southern Pine Values

Originally published by: SBCAOctober 24, 2011

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

From Random Lengths, October 21, 2011

"Dealers, treaters, distributors — anybody that carries inventories of Southern Pine dimension lumber — voiced concerns about the economic impact of changes to the design values. Lumber already in the pipeline that is rated for particular stiff ness, bending, and tension strength may no longer meet those standards once new design values are approved….The effects are especially pronounced on truss plants andtheir suppliers and users. Truss plants could have to redesign some projects… “There are a lot of bright people in the industry,” said a spokesman of the Structural Building Components Association. “What we hope happens is that the juvenile wood is carved out of the population and grades are left the way they are. From our perspective we could use that in the truss industry, and then everybody wins. They might say it’s impossible, and we should find a way to make it possible.”

From Layman’s Lumber Guide, October 20, 2011

“I'm in Washington, DC sitting in the ALSC meeting regarding SYP design values. The ruling has been delayed 60 days. The best solution I have heard, implies the creation of a new lower #2 grade, pulling out lumber made from juvenile timber, which would protect the current design values. The culprit of the need for new values is plantation, fast growth timber, which is an ever increasing share of log base. Perhaps this will turn into an opportunity rather than a nightmare; just as soon as the truss industry can get satisfaction.”

From ProBuild Magazine, October 21, 2011

“The hearing brought out representatives from the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), Mississippi State University, the National Association of Homebuilders, and Leading Builders of America… The SBCA said it will use the 60 days before the next hearing to analyze and review the data and information provided by the SPIB. The association also suggested the need for a well defined design value implementation plan that will educate end-users about what grades and values they should use.”

From National Association of Homebuilders, October 24, 2011

"NAHB attended the ALSC Board meeting on Oct. 20 and presented comments in opposition to the proposal, as did representatives from many other groups including the timber industry, the Structural Building Components Association, and a few universities engaged in wood research. All were in opposition to the proposal, with the exception of the SPIB representative, who discussed the testing that had been performed and data supporting the proposed change." 

As stated on Friday, leading up to the next ALSC meeting, SBCA will be working with the coalition members to further analyze existing Southern Pine Lumber test data, and advocate for solutions that account for all stakeholder points of view, is well grounded technically, and makes good sense for the structural building components industry and all end users.

SBCA’s position statement, and all related documents, can be read in their entirety on its lumber page. Refer to this web page for ongoing information and analysis of this issue.

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