Building Codes

At this inaugural “Lumber Summit,” 71 participants, including key lumber industry leaders, the top five lumber producers in North America, and component manufacturers representing approximately 700 million board feet of U.S. structural lumber purchases, were in attendance. 

SBCA recommends that all component manufacturers consider customizing and sending out SBCA’s template letter to all customers, potential customer, specifiers and building officials, disseminating it through every communication channel you can.

The International Code Council (ICC) has issued a response SBCA’s May 10th letter, indicating it was taking essentially a “hands off” position with respect to implementation of lumber design value changes.

This article includes SBCA's initial report on the outcome of the recent International Building Code (IBC) code development hearings in Texas. 

SBCA will be participating in the second meeting of the ICC Consensus Committee on Residential High Wind Construction will be held June 25-27, 2012.

Concerning what the requirement for adopting a code to comply with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding stipulations, DOE confirmed that it is the 2009 IECC or an equivalent code that must be adopted -- not the 2012 edition.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dalton vetoed a measure (Senate File 1717) that would have prevented the adoption of building code provisions requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in new and existing single-family homes.

SBCA has drafted an engineering policy regarding the transition to lowered Southern Pine lumber design values effective June 1, 2012, and has sent a letter to the ICC requesting their plan of action.

Little used until just recently, the HERS rating system is gaining traction as the building industry’s equivalent of mpg.

SBCA has submitted a letter to ALSC requesting further information regarding Southern Pine lumber monitoring data previously collected by SPIB.