Legislative

The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review released the minutes from their meeting on July 19, 2012.

Wells Fargo presents three reports to provide a primer on the U.S. fiscal situation that readers can use to evaluate campaign rhetoric about the subject.

A bill would make national model building codes more energy efficient with the goal of reaching net-zero-energy building for new homes and commercial sites by 2030. 

Testifying before Congress about a lack of safe building codes in some states, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety urged legislators to pass a bill that would provide incentives for adopting updates to the International Residential Code (IRC).

At the October ALSC meeting, NAHB will advocate strongly for an open, transparent process with appropriate transition periods for the implementation of any revised design values.

On their website, SPIB has provided their Technical Committee Meeting PowerPoint presentation, which provides valuable background information on SPIB’s Full Matrix testing and beneficial insight into the Technical Committee’s discussion on the test data.

SPIB issued a technical release regarding their Technical Committee meeting in Pensacola, Florida on July 18 and 19. 

As a reminder to all structural component manufacturers, SBCA has provided an engineered use guidance document for implementing the reduced Southern Pine lumber design values that went into effect on June 1, 2012.

SBCA believes SPIB and its Technical Committee should provide detailed information about the current design value process so that everyone affected is allowed to make the best possible decisions going forward.

SBCA represented lumber buying component manufacturers (CMs) at the July 18th and 19th SPIB Technical Committee meeting