Building Safety Month Takes on New Meaning for Everyone
Many of us have been spending extra time at home the past few months, bringing new meaning to May as Building Safety Month. This year’s theme was aptly chosen and is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World.”
Ensuring that local building codes are up-to-date with the...
Things Roof Truss Manufacturers SHOULD Ask, But Don’t Always
I didn’t just fall off of a turnip truck yesterday, even though there are a few who may doubt my claim!
Prefabricated metal plate connected wood trusses and I became close friends back in April of 1977. Yes, we had electricity then and no, I did not watch space aliens build...
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Continuous Learning and Virginia Tech
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, there’s always more to learn, especially as construction practices continue to evolve. That’s why our colleagues at Virginia Tech are pleased to be able to offer continuing education each spring. In addition, for many course...
Lessons Learned from the Bound Brook Fire and the Importance of Construction Fire Safety
A 7-alarm fire in Bound Brook, New Jersey, in mid-January destroyed six buildings and caused approximately $52 million in damages. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire was arson, and the perpetrator was arrested soon after. Nonetheless, in the investigations of...
Tall Mass Timber Code Adoptions Continue Trend of Sustainable Design
The City of Denver is the latest in a growing number of cities, states, and municipalities to recognize the possibilities of tall mass timber construction. Following states such as Oregon, Utah, and Washington, the City of Denver voted in late December to adopt the 2019 Denver Building Code,...
AWC Successes in Mass Timber, Fire Engagement Mark 2019
The American Wood Council (AWC) is prepared for an active 2020, but first, we look back at the challenges and resulting accomplishments over the course of 2019.
Last year was marked by successes in the building codes development process, establishing lines of communications with the fire...
Epilogue to 50 Years of Truss Design Innovation: Designing Great Software
Reviewing our 50-year journey tells us much about software. Now let’s recap how good software becomes great:
1. Continuity of development: Note our three distinct programs, each one totally rewritten to tackle larger objectives. Yet each was based on 15+ years of experience with the...
AWC and ICC Launch Mass Timber Education and Training
As you’re likely aware, mass timber has received incredible attention in the last year. With interest in mass timber and its use spreading throughout the United States construction industry, the American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council (ICC) are working together to...
Questions Answered: CSHP High-Performance Coiled Strap
We recently hosted an interactive webinar in which our new high-performance coiled strap’s product manager, Thom Murphy, and I discussed how an innovative embossment is a game changer for coiled strap, making it easier and faster to install with a standard framing nailer. During the...
ASCE 7-16 Changes That Impact Truss Designs
2018 International Building Code (IBC-2018) is the latest version of the I-Code which is starting to be used or adopted in the United States and in other nations. While both the 2012 and 2015 IBC referenced the 2010 edition of ASCE 7, the 2018 IBC refers to the 2016 edition of ASCE 7,...