SBCA Issues Response to SPIB and SFPA Regarding Southern Pine Design Value Reductions

Originally published by: SBCAOctober 11, 2011

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In the past week, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) have published notices regarding a potential reduction of grade-marked Southern Pine Lumber design values for all structural end uses (including site built construction and lumber remanufactured products, such as trusses, solid sawn I-joist flanges, header framing, wall framing, etc.).

This topic is of critical importance to the entire supply chain (sellers, purchasers, specifiers, building designers, builders, framers and building officials) with respect to the engineering uses of Southern Pine Lumber.

Click on the pdf links below to view the notice documents from SPIB and SFPA, along with a position statement from the Structural Building Component Association (SBCA) on Southern Pine Lumber potential design value reductions. 

SBCA will provide continual updates on this issue as more information becomes available on its lumber webpage: www.sbcindustry.com/lumber.php

Should you have any concern with respect to this, the key contacts include:

  1. SFPA @ 504-443-4464
  2. SPIB @ 850-434-2611
  3. American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) @ 301-972-1700 

Please share this article with all business contacts, including legislators, builders/framers, engineers, architects, building officials, lumber manufacturers and any others you believe would benefit from learning about this topic and understanding our position.