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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. More

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SPIB Includes No.2 Dense Lumber in Design Value Data

The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau further refined the specifics of its design value reductions to include No. 2 dense wood, which it originally planned to eliminate as a category in a request submitted to the American Lumber Standard Committee's Board of Review. 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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Still Pining Away

Reduced design values for Southern pine 2x4s dismay many users. They take solace... More

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Associations Strive to Find Positives in Southern Pine Decision

The American Lumber Standard Committee's decision to accept design value changes to Southern pine No. 2 2x4s didn't make everyone happy, but industry trade groups highlighted the positives in their comments regarding a decision many opposed. More

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ALSC Approves Design Value Changes for Southern Pine 2x4s

The American Lumber Standard Committee announced it approved a reduction in some design value changes for visually graded No. 2 Southern pine 2x4s, but didn't agree to change any other grades and sizes. More

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ALSC Delays Decision on SPIB's Design Value Changes

The American Lumber Standard Committee did not make a decision at its hearing regarding the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau's proposal to downgrade design values for Southern pine. More

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Smaller Mills Could Be Hurt by Southern Pine Changes: Report

The consultancy that believes demand for more than 1 billion board feet of visually graded Southern pine lumber could be affected in coming years by potential changes in design values for the species now also believes the change will have markedly differing impacts on the region's timber mills. More

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Southern Pine Interests Recommend Slow, Open Process To Change the Wood's Design Values

The agency responsible for deciding whether to put stricter limits on how Southern pine can be used in construction should trust the wood already in use, slow its consideration of changes, and open up the review process, a coalition of lumber and construction industry experts recommends. More

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Southern Pine Changes Could Affect Over 1 Billion Feet of Lumber, Consultant Says

Proposals to reduce some design values for visually graded Southern pine could affect demand next year for more than 1 billion board feet of the species--one-eighth of all the Southern pine dimensional lumber milled annually--as well as trigger longer-term changes in the price and popularity of machine-rated Southern pine, engineered lumber, and other types of softwood lumber, Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) predicted. More

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