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Agency proposes flood damage standard for building materials

BY Brae Canlen

ASTM International, one of the world’s largest international standards development agencies, has proposed a new standard that will provide a comprehensive way to evaluate building materials used in basements and other below-base flood elevation construction.

The proposed new standard will establish methods for determining flood damage resistance ratings (either acceptable or unacceptable) of materials and assemblies for use below the lowest floor of new and substantially damaged structures, in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program’s requirements for being flood damage-resistant.

The proposed new standards may be used as evaluation criteria for manufacturers to evaluate their products and for local building officials to use when enforcing requirements for materials in below-BFE construction.

"The end goal is to have materials certified as flood damage-resistant, to facilitate consistent use of building code provisions for materials used in below-BFE construction," said Julia Moline, a project engineer with Dewberry and a member of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.

"Designers and developers who specify flood damage-resistant materials in building design and construction, building officials enforcing building code provisions and homeowners seeking certified flood damage-resistant materials will all benefit from the proposed standard, once it has been approved," Moline said. The ASTM committee on this standard next meets in April 2012.

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k.lol says:
Apr-09-2012 03:56 pm

It is a thrill to see that
It is a thrill to see that contractors have updated their resources according to the latest building materials technology. This is all growing like a symbiosis into a more sustainable vision of the home construction industry. Beginning with the work of junk removal worcester ma, contractors, building materials producers and suppliers, every new technology is converging to a greener and more evolved future industry. People are being more and more educated in terms of expectations as clients, as well. No wonder, with all the information sources out there.

P.Vessey says:
Mar-23-2012 07:48 am

It is important to constantly
It is important to constantly reevaluate the flood resistance standard for building materials because it certainly accounts for human life and property damages. Though contractors have to constantly be on the know when it comes to new standards, nothing should be spared when it comes to safety.

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Parker Lumber to close in Florida

BY HBSDEALER Staff

After 77 years, Parker Lumber is closing in Maitland, Fla., to make way for a commuter rail station, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

The Florida’s Department of Transportation wants almost two acres of the property for an entryway and a 125-space parking lot at a proposed station just north of City Hall. A department spokesman said the deal with Parker Lumber won’t be final until late December, but the price tag is about $1.5 million.

Lumber orders and hardware sales have declined since 2006, owner Larry Parker told the newspaper. The business his great-grandfather started as a sawmill in 1934 will begin a liquidation sale soon, he said.

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NBMDA announces new board members

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) has announced it new board of directors for 2012. Paul Vella of Atlantic Plywood will serve as president, with Michael Darby of Capital Lumber Co. in the president-elect position.

The remaining officers are VP Donald Schalk of C.H. Briggs Co.; treasurer Robyn Pollina of Palmer-Donavin Mfg. Co.; and immediate past-president Brian Schell of Parksite.

The NBMDA board is comprised of industry executives from both distributor and manufacturer member firms within the building and woodworking material industry.

Distributor directors serving in 2012 include Ken Hager of Amerhart, Ray Prozillo of A&M Supply, Bill Sauter of OHARCO, and Rick Turk of Metro Hardwoods. 

Manufacturer directors include Mark Carlisle of M.L. Campbell, Jeff Muller of Panolam Industries International, Dan Pickett of Knape & Vogt Co., Greg Pray of Columbia Forest Products, Karl Ruedisser of Blum, and Chris Schlabach of VT Industries.

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