American Lumber Standard Committee

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ALSC Approves New Southern Pine Design Values

The American Lumber Standard Committee Thursday approved the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau's design value changes for all visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber, setting June 1, 2013 as the new standards' implementation date. Read more

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Proposed Southern Pine Design Values Resubmitted

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) Thursday resubmitted proposed design values for all grades and sizes of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber to the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC). Read more

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Delay in Southern Pine Design Values Decision Pushes Off Likely Impact Until Next Summer

If precedent and the calendar hold, the Oct. 18 delay in consideration of new design values for visually graded Southern pine could mean that mills and consumers won't have to deal with the effects of any changes until July 2013 or even later. Read more

How Mills, Market Forces Defused the Southern Pine Design Values Bomb
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How Mills, Market Forces Defused the Southern Pine Design Values Bomb

Pain caused by cuts in Southern pine's values are being limited through... Read more

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Expanded, Updated Design Values for Southern Pine Proposed

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau handed over to the American Lumber Standard Committee expanded and updated design values for visually graded Southern pine. Read more

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Current Douglas Fir-Larch Design Values OK

Current design values for Douglas fir and Western Larch lumber were affirmed by the Western Wood Products Association in August. Read more

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Testing of More Southern Pine Grades Points to Slight Cuts in Design Values

Recently completed tests of Southern pine select structural grade lumber suggest that more design value changes--usually reductions--are in the works, but they won't be as severe as they were for visually graded No. 2 2x4s. Read more

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New Data Suggests More Southern Pine Design Value Changes Coming

Early analysis of recently completed testing of Southern pine select structural grade lumber suggests that Southern pine design value changes may expand beyond visually graded No. 2 2x4s. Read more

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Southern Pine Design Value Changes Take Effect

New design values for Southern pine take effect today, ending the almost six month phase-in period and marking the first design value changes to Southern pine in two decades. The changes reduce by 25% to 30% some of the design values, but not all, for Southern pine and mixed Southern pine. Read more

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ALSC Approves Inclusion of Dense Wood in Design Value Changes

The American Lumber Standard Committee's (ALSC) Board of Review approved the inclusion of dense wood as part of the Southern pine design value changes set to take effect on June 1. The committee, a quasi-governmental agency that sets grading and quality standards for all lumber used in residential construction, made the decision during its March 9 meeting. Read more

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