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ALSC approves new design values for Southern Pine

BY Ken Clark

The American Lumber Standard Committee’s (ALSC) Board of Review has approved new design values for the remaining sizes and grades of visually graded Southern Yellow Pine dimension lumber. Following recommendations from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and other stakeholders, the Board of Review has recommended a transition period for the changes with an effective date of June 1, 2013. 

"NLBMDA is pleased that the Board of Review has listened to industry concerns about sudden changes in lumber design values and the impact they can have on the value of dealers’ inventory and dealers’ customers," said NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien. "We believe a standard transition period will cause less disruption in the supply chain and give dealers time to plan for the changes."

The changes in Southern Pine design that went into effect on June 1, 2012, only applied to visually graded Southern Pine and Mixed Southern Pine sized 2 in. to  4 in. wide and 2 in. to 4 in. thick (2x2s through 4x4s) in No.2 and lower grades (No.2, No.3, Stud, Construction, Standard and Utility). The changes taking effect June 1, 2013, make some changes to those grades and set new design values for the remaining sizes and grades. 

"As the ALSC Board of Review now considers changes in design values for other species currently under review, we will continue to advocate for reasonable transition periods," O’Brien added.

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Beazer Homes names new VP

BY HBSDealer Staff

Beazer Homes has appointed Nick Peacock to the position of VP lender relations.

“Requiring a small number of performance-screened and locally selected lenders, referred to as our preferred lenders, to compete for our home buyers’ business means every customer has the opportunity to secure the right mortgage for their individual circumstances,” said Allan Merrill, president and CEO of Beazer Homes. “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Peacock and the extensive experience and knowledge he brings to our team. His work will help simplify and enhance the financing process for our homebuyers.” 

Peacock has worked in the mortgage business for 26 years with experience working for various banks and lending institutions, as well as part of the financing arms of other public builders. He graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor of arts in economics.

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NAHB competition winners design home for war veteran

BY HBSDealer Staff

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Design Committee has announced the winning team of its first-ever live design competition held during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) last month in Las Vegas. Four teams competed to design a home for Laura Sellinger, a U.S. Air Force veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.

The NAHB Design Committee partnered with the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and Operation Finally Home to create the competition, which was administered through NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards (BALA). 

“For builders, remodelers, tradesman, suppliers, designers and others in our industry, working together to provide a home is one way we can give something back to America’s warriors who have suffered harm in service to our country,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB’s first vice chairman and a builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. 

Four teams designed a three-bedroom, single-family home to be built within the city limits of Clearwater, Fla. The home had to include universal design features, such as wide hallways and a large shower 

The design teams had nine hours to complete a design and then submit it to the BALA judges. The four entries were judged by design professionals and IBS attendees, who voted via text.

“I think the winning design is truly creative, and I am honored to say that the home that will be built was designed just for Laura,” said Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, owner of Home Accessibilities, a residential design firm in Anchorage, Alaska.

The winning design team consisted of Mike Crocker, Jerry Messman and David Copenhaver of BSB Design in Des Moines, Iowa.

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