SBCA Recommends Greater SPIB Transparency Regarding Design Value Knowledge

Originally published by: SBCAJuly 23, 2012

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At the SPIB Technical Committee meeting held on July 18 and 19, 2012, Scott Ward, SBCA's incoming president, and Kirk Grundahl, P.E., SBCA's Executive Director, were told in no uncertain terms that the detailed PowerPoint information presented at this meeting was not to be provided to anyone outside of the SPIB Technical Committee. This did not then, and continues to not to sit well with SBCA for the following reasons:

  1. There are a multitude of lumber market end-users making decisions about the future of their businesses that desire to have sound information, rather than rumor and innuendo, upon which to make rational forward looking business decisions.
  2. The lack of transparency taking place inside the SPIB Technical Committee is very concerning as it certainly can lead to bad decision making.
  3. Because of their participation inside the Technical Committee, there are certain Technical Committee member lumber companies that have detailed technical data and related information that allows them to make business decisions that other lumber companies cannot factor into their strategic business planning because they are not privy to the same sources of information and discussions.
  4. This also holds true in some respects for those participating inside the SPIB Technical Committee who are not lumber company representatives.

SBCA believes it to be far more appropriate for SPIB and its Technical Committee to provide detailed information about the current design value process so that everyone involved be allowed to make the best possible decisions going forward with respect to what is going to serve the best interests of their companies and/or their industry.

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