They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To – Update #2 (May 1, 2012)
We have been reporting on the changes in the design values for Southern Yellow Pine. It appears that we now have a schedule for the resolution of this matter. Here is the latest update.
According to a report from the Structural Building Components Association regarding the April 18, 2012 meeting of the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) Board of Review, “Douglas Fir Larch testing is on-going and scheduled for submission to ALSC in September of 2012. DFL is being tested first; then testing will be performed on Hem Fir and SPF-South.” And, the “Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) will not have data submitted for these prior to July 2012.”
The lumber organizations appear to be proceeding cautiously with this issue in the interest of public safety, but also to avoid reducing design values excessively. In the meantime, the Southern Yellow Pine lumber related industries are dealing with the dilemma of what design values to use in the interim. They don’t want to provide unsafe products, but also do not want to be fabricating their products with excessive amounts of lumber.
Stay tuned, I am sure that more will be coming. Our thanks to the Structural Building Components Association for keeping on top of this issue for us.