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November 17, 2011

Action Delayed on Proposed Change to Design Values for Southern Pine

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Action Delayed on Proposed Change to Design Values for Southern Pine

No action will be taken until after January 5, 2012 on a proposal to change the design values for Southern Pride lumber recently submitted by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB). The decision was announced at a meeting of the Board of Review of the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) held on October 20. A second meeting of the ALSC Board has been scheduled to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment. Affected parties are being encouraged to submit their comments in writing or in person. This delay is good news for NAHB and HBAG members who use Southern Pine lmber, but does not bring an end to the potential impact of such a change, which came to our attention recently. HBAG past presidents, Charlie Eison and Tim Williams along with RAC consultant will be very involved due to the major impact to the cost of housing in the Southeast.
NAHB staff and members attended the ALSC Board meeting on October 20 and presented comments in opposition to the proposal, as did representatives from many other groups including the timber industry. NAHB's comments were captured in this memo to interested parties from NAHB's Senior Vice President of Construction, Codes & Standards, Ed Sutton. These summaries clearly note that all parties in the coalition were in opposition to the proposal, with the exception of the SPIB representative, who discussed the testing that had been performed and data supporting the proposed change.
NAHB questioned the need for an immediate change and cited the lack of access to SPIB's test results; prior to the meeting, the SPIB had only provided the test data and report to the ALSC Board, not all stakeholders. NAHB has requested these materials and will be reviewing them in preparation for providing additional comments at the next meeting on Jan. 5. NAHB will continue to work with members and industry partners to address this issue.
For more information, contact NAHB's Gary Ehrlich at 800-368-5242 x8545 or Bettie Sleeth at or 678-468-9900.

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