Southern Forest Products Association

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In Brief: November/December 2013
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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. More

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Southern Pine Design Value Analysis Now Online

The Southern Forest Products Association packaged the data analysis of its proposed design values for visually graded Southern Pine into an online resource available to the public. 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. 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. 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. More

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SFPA Suggests Individual Approach to Design Value Implementation

Southern pine users should plot their own course when implementing the new design value reductions in Southern pine 2x4s, the Southern Forest Products Association said. More

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Agency Extends Hearing Plans in Southern Pine Controversy

The agency responsible for overseeing the setting and publication of performance standards for lumber notified the construction supply industry Wednesday that it will hold a second hearing within two months of the Thursday, Oct. 20, meeting at which it will take up a controversial proposal to lower design values for Southern pine. More

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Trade Groups Decry Proposed Changes to Southern Pine's Performance Standards

Trade groups for lumberyards and makers of building components sounded the alarm over a proposal to rate visually graded Southern pine, a mainstay in American construction, as being up to one-third weaker by some standards than it currently is regarded. More

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Southern Pine Producers Show Scant Interest in Green Certification

A majority of Southern Pine producers responding to a recent Southern Pine Council survey don't have green certification for their forests now and nearly half don't plan to do so, despite getting regular requests for certified products and feeling it's important to market Southern Pine's green qualities. More

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