Current NADRA members may fill out the questionnaire for a chance to win a NADRA member spotlight award. (1) winner is chosen each month & will be recognized for their dedication to NADRA & the outdoor living industry. The spotlight winner will be included in:
– The Weekly Industry Brief
– Monthly eNewsletter
– Social Media
– NADRA’s Blog
– NADRA’s Homepage
Who is going to be the December spotlight winner? If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the online questionnaire. Don’t forget to follow up by emailing us your photos and company logo. Fill out the questionnaire here for a chance to win.
FEENEY, INC. TAKES FIRST PLACE IN NADRA DECK COMPETITION FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
Cable railing provider takes home top honors in manufacturer category
OAKLAND, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2017 – For the second consecutive year, Feeney, Inc. has been awarded first place in the Manufacturer Project category of the 2017 National Deck Competition. Feeney won for its deck railing on a Connecticut home designed to emulate the look of a boat. The awards, which are hosted each year by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), were presented last month at the 2017 Remodeling Show/Deck Expo held in Nashville.
“NADRA is proud to have Feeney as part of its membership roster. The winning project sets the bar high in creativity through the unique and distinctive architectural design, which incorporates multi-level decks throughout the home,” said Mike Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA.
The “Boat House”, which overlooks the Niantic River in Waterford, Connecticut, utilized Feeney’s DesignRail® aluminum railing with stainless steel CableRail infill for the deck railings, highlighted with Feeney LED Rail Lighting under the top rail. An ipe wood top rail was used to create a more authentic boat look while also matching the decking for a seamless appearance. Feeney worked very closely with the general contractor, Jonathan Laschever of Laschever Building Company LLC, and others to create a railing solution that accentuated the unconventional shape of the home, including the curved bow at the top – one of the standouts of the design.
“The Boat House project was truly a work of art created by the home’s owner and Jonathan Laschever, and Feeney was honored to be involved,” said Andrew Penny, vice president of marketing and advertising, Feeney, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum railing systems. “We regularly receive photos of decks featuring our DesignRail® and CableRail railing products, and it is exciting to see the beautiful and creative spaces in which the railings are used. We are proud to be recognized by NADRA with such an important award.”
Prizes are awarded in a number of different categories, such as Wood Decks under $25,000, Porches, Illumination and Manufacturer Projects, to name a few.
Projects were judged on the following criteria:
– Use of Space / Functionality
– Creativity / Innovation
– Evidence of Craftsmanship / Degree of Difficulty
– Overall Visual Appeal
The panel of judges included: Katy Tomasula, “Content Builder”; Andrew Clements of BrightClaim WarrantyLink Solutions; Patrick Adams, publisher of Deck Specialist, Merchant, Building Products Digest and building-products.com; Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder; Victor G. Faggella of Centurion Home Inspections, Inc.; and Corban Quigg of NTA, Inc.
All entries were judged anonymously, and no identifying information could be included in the project photos. The contest was open to current NADRA members, and submitted deck projects had to be completed during 2017.
Feeney, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high quality architectural products that enhance the spaces where people live, work and play. Feeney residential and commercial construction products for exterior or interior applications include CableRail stainless steel cable assemblies, Quick-Connect® auto-locking cable fittings, DesignRail® aluminum railing systems with optional LED lighting, Sta-Lok® stainless steel rods, and the Trellis Collection of garden trellises. Since 1948, Oakland, California-based Feeney has been committed to providing construction professionals and DIY homeowners with innovative, easy-touse products and unsurpassed service. For more information or the location of a dealer near you, please visit www.feeneyinc.com.
The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is a not-for-profit trade association made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers to the deck and railing industry. NADRA emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety. For information, visit www.NADRA.org.
About Jonathan Laschever
Jonathan Laschever is owner of Laschever Building Company LLC, a custom home builder based in West Simsbury, Connecticut that specializes in designing and building homes on difficult sites. Laschever has more than 39 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, as a carpenter, project manager, new home builder, home improvement contractor and remodeler and restorer of historic homes.
Hazard: The recalled decking can deteriorate and crack, causing the deck surfacing to break. Consumers can fall through broken decking and suffer serious injuries.
Recall date: November 21, 2017
Recall number: 18-044
Plycem toll-free at 844-452-6787 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.allurausa.com and click on Decking Recalls to complete an online registration form and for more information.
Description: The recall involves Allura™ fiber cement decking and fascia. The recalled decking was sold in 12-foot lengths and is 6 inches wide and one inch thick, and came in two styles: a hidden fastener application and a direct screw application. The recalled Allura™ fiber cement fascia, which was for vertical applications only, was sold in 12-foot lengths, is 8- and 12-inches wide and 7/16 inches thick. The decking and fascia were sold in a natural wood color with a wood grain texture. There are no labels or other identifying marks on the decking materials.Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using decks with the recalled decking materials and contact Plycem to schedule a free repair. Plycem is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Incidents/Injuries: Plycem has received three reports of the recalled decking cracking, resulting in one report of a leg injury to an adult male whose leg went through the cracked decking.
Sold At: Kelseyville Lumber and Trademark Exteriors as stock items and at Home Depot as a special order item from February 2014 through June 2017 for between $25 to $30 per board for the decking and about $25 to $40 per board for the fascia.
Manufacturer(s): Plycem Construsistemas, of Costa Rica, S.A.
What inspired you to join NADRA? We have a passion for designing and creating unique decks and integrating them into an overall outdoor oasis. We are well-known in our area for custom projects.
When did you first get involved with this industry? 1994
What was the first thing you ever built? Patio with a small retaining wall and some landscaping. I always had a vision of doing what I’m doing now with outdoor projects.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: I started this company in 1994. I began mowing lawns, then added patios, and then small, basic carpentry items. I am now building large, custom and unique projects. Our specialty is custom, one-of-a-kind projects including hardscaping, carpentry, pools, and more. We build approx. 50 decks per year.
How do you define success? When the client sees their project come to life and it’s even more than they could have imagined. I am fortunate to have long-standing and loyal staff who are a large part of our success.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? Be selective in accepting new clients. Taking on new and exciting projects and integrating the industry’s latest innovations is what will continue to put you ahead.
If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What is the biggest obstacle you face in continued growth?
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Ski instructor in Colorado
A little more about Ted: I have 4 children, three dogs and a wonderful wife. We enjoy spending time together attending football games, camping, and skiing.
Acclaimed deck builders and industry enthusiasts from around the world traveled to Nashville, TN for the Remodeling show, DeckExpo and JLC Live (RDJ) at the end of last month. NADRA held several events while in Nashville. Below is a recap from each exciting event.
NADRA CPAC Meeting: 10/25/17
NADRA’s Consumer Product Awareness Charter Committee met on Wednesday morning prior to the golf tournament in Nashville. The CPAC Committee works to develop and implement consumer friendly labeling programs for outdoor living products. The committee presented details to a room full of NADRA Manufacturer members regarding its mission and accomplishments over the last 5 years.
The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with a simple, straightforward labeling program to assist in their product selection.
A recognized label will accompany easy to understand product performance measurements to educate consumers so they can make more knowledgeable product selections.
“This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss CPAC with a large audience of mfrs. Many misconceptions about the CPAC program were addressed. I hope everyone heard how CPAC makes sense and helps everyone improve sales, reduces friction costs and elevates the entire industry. ” says Committee Chair, Andrew Clements
The committee continues to work diligently; taking input from a range of supportive sources to drive the program to completion. You can review the slides on the presentation below from the annual meeting. For more information about CPAC and how you can get involved, please contact NADRA.
Annual Golf Tournament: 10/25/17
Thank you, Golf Sponsors:
The Winning Team:
Chris Brown- EscueWood Preserving
Matt Roughen- Lonza Wood Protection
Vikki Pingle- Lonza
Kirk Hammond- Lonza Wood Protection
Chris Brown took the win for both Longest Drive AND Closest to the Pin!
Rooftop on The Rocks – NADRA’s Welcome Party: 10/25/17
NADRA members and friends gathered for a casual get-together on the rooftop at The Westin hotel.
NADRA’s Booth at RIDIJ:
If you came by the NADRA booth, you’ll know about our first-ever scavenger hunt. The first 50 builder members to complete the NADRA scavenger hunt received this fantastic grab bag from our amazing sponsors! This was a great way to introduce our builder members to NADRA’s exhibiting members at the show. We plan to expand on this idea even more next year.
Annual Awards Dinner: 10/26/17
NADRA members and industry friends filled up the second level of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville, TN… Everyone climbed the piano staircase to the second level to be greeted with custom lanyards and a cold Corona or frozen Margarita.
The night was made possible by NADRA member sponsors.
NADRA Platinum Sponsor, Bob Heidenreich – The Deck Store, spoke to the crowd for a moment. He chose a quote from Theodore Roosevelt.
Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thank you, Bob!
More Highlights from the Night:
NADRA Annual Meeting:
This image below will take you to our powerpoint presentation via SlideShare:
2017 Recognition Awards were presented to:
Rick Schumacher – for his dedication to the industry & association. thank you for your generous commitment of time and leadership!
Bob Lett – Teamwork can be summed up in five short words… “We believe in each other.” Thank you for being part of the team!
Chuck Bajnai – For his work in leading the Code Coalition
Rick Vaughan – NADRA’s very first member to support our beloved Deck for a Soldier program (Est. 2007)
2017 Terry Award Winner:
Kirk Hammond – For superior contributions to your industry association. Coming together is a beginning… keeping together is progress… working together is success.
NADRA’s 2017 Board of Directors:
President: Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
Treasurer: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
Secretary: Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products – Outgoing
Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions
Code & Education: Chairman: Matt Breyer.
250 NEW certified Inspectors through NADRA education!
Deck for a Soldier®: Chairman: Bruce Verblaauw / Committee: Joey Matthews, Vincent Carrubba, Michael Ryan and Rick Wooton
THIS PROGRAM IS A SMALL WAY OUR INDUSTRY CAN GIVE BACK TO THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN US SO MUCH … OUR FREEDOM!
Northeast – Active
Minnesota – Happening now!!!
Southeast – Actively looking for recipient
Call to Action: We are now starting to request sponsors and material / labor pledges for the program. Please consider meeting with Bruce during the show to select your sponsorship level and / or to confirm your pledge.
CPAC: Consumer Product Awareness Charter: Chairman: Andrew Clements / Committee: Special Thanks: Brad Wear – NTA, Robert Rottin
ghaus – UFP, Barry John Davis – DPDS International, Ltd. , Gary Hobbs – AERT ,Paul Beaulieu – Green Bay Decking, Stan Hathorn – Royal / Westech
NADRA was selected by the industry at large to be the ambassador of this non profit consumer label program. NTA is the appointed administer who certifies participants to the NADRA Consumer Awareness Program. Check out the presentation via SlideShare to learn more about CPAC.
Shout-Outs! Speaker: Heather A. Marchand
There were a few folks that deserved a little bit of recognition. Shout-outs went to:
C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC & Witt’s Woods and Greens: Two builder members who supported the events in Nashville at the sponsorship level. It means the world to NADRA to have support from all levels of the value chain. Thank you for your un-ending support of the association.
Women in the Industry: Where would we be without you? You know, the people that really get all the work done. The remarkable women in the industry deserve some special recognition.
Family Businesses: It’s not easy working in a family business. At NADRA HQ, we know this first hand! We appreciate your struggles, triumphs and passion for your family and this industry.
Georgia and New Jersey Members! Two of our most active regions in NADRA. Our foot soldiers… hosting several events per year from networking meetings to holiday parties and clay pigeon shooting events. Each region participates in at least one Deck for a Soldier® or Deck for a Hero® project each calendar year. NADRA wants you to know that we see your dedication and passion for NADRA and the industry we serve. Thank you!
International Focus for 2018:
“For the market to grow the key element is increasing consumer awareness of quality” The International objective of NADRA is to extend to the world the simple message that… The Objective: By extending the reach of the CPAC program we can extend the market potential for North American businesses. NADRA leads the deck and railing industry with highest quality professionals in all of North America, and the world.” Barry John Davis
2017 National Deck CompetitION
We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 National Deck Competition! Thank you to all of our members who entered. We invite you to scroll, tag, comment and share these beautiful, national, award-winning projects from some of the best in the industry. Congratulations to all of our members & a special thank you to our sponsors. *Please click on each image to enlarge.
See who took home awards & many of the smiling faces that attended this sold out industry event by clicking the image below.
Leading Contractors Awarded for Unique Deck Builds using AZEK® and TimberTech® Materials
SKOKIE, IL — The recent North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee brought together industry experts in celebration of the most inspiring deck builds from the past year. Four of the award-winning decks were made using AZEK® and TimberTech® decking from AZEK Building Products.
With a beautifully-designed, two tone TimberTech deck, Fresh Decks from Sasketchewan won first place for Alternative Deck $25,000-$50,000. Completed from TimberTech’s Terrain Collection® in Rustic Elm, the unique deck features an inlayed mural with two evergreen trees, rolling hills, waves and a sun, framed by a box, pergola.
Lakesville, Minnesota-based Infinite Decks won two awards for Alternative Deck up to $25,000. Each project featured curved decking from AZEK, using colors from all three collections. One showcased Island Oak from AZEK’s Harvest Collection®. It included Hazelwood accents, from AZEK’s Arbor Collection®, for the picture frame and inlay. The other project featured AZEK in Dark Hickory from the Vintage Collection®.
“For these award-winning decks, we used various AZEK products to bring indoor living to the outdoors,” said Mark King, founder of Infinite Decks. “We’ve been working with the AZEK product for as long as we can remember. We do a lot of curved decks and we’re able to heat it up and manipulate it. With varying temperatures here, from 100 degrees in the summer to -20 in the winter, I want to use a product that I know can withstand the elements – and I know AZEK will hold up.”
AZEK also received a Manufacturer Award for a TimberTech Pecan deck with Mocha accent from the Legacy Collection®. The project was built by Archadeck of Nova Scotia and included a multi-level composite deck with Evolutions Rail® Contemporary in Traditional Walnut and Riser Lights.
“We’re thrilled that several of the winning decks at this year’s NADRA Awards featured AZEK Building Products,” said Patrick Barnds, General Manager of Decking and Railing at AZEK Building Products. “TimberTech and AZEK are engineered to combine high performance with low-maintenance so families can enjoy the beauty of their decks without worrying about upkeep. The winning decks this year are next-level in terms of design and we really appreciate the partnerships we have with contractors like Infinite Decks, Fresh Decks and Archadeck.”
ABOUT AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS®
AZEK Building Products is a leader in the development of premium, low maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, its product lines span AZEK Trim, Deck, Rail, Moulding, Porch and Pavers as well as capped wood composite Decking and Railing under the TimberTech brand. Both brands, synonymous with quality, style and innovation, are made in America and lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining product categories. For more information about AZEK, visit www.azek.com. For more information on TimberTech, visit www.timbertech.com or call 1-877-ASK AZEK.
Props need to go out to the Brawlers from Crossroads Remodeling for TCB on the existing dilapidated deck/porch that was there. I brought lunch to give them some afternoon energy and they were raking up the last shards of wood, not quite sure how they did all that in 4 hours.
Craig and Craig (no joke) from GoliathTech got the build started installing their Helical footings with a balmy -2 windchill and snow on the ground. Although with a fresh layer of ice out on the roads I think it took them way longer to drive there than it did to actually set the footings.
It took Mark from Infinite Decks about 2 minutes on the site to sell me on his curves. We decided if we are going to do this thing it lets do it right, big and nice curves. Check out his awesome renderings of the masterpiece we are about to create.
Looks like Santa Claus from the Deck Store in Apple Valley is going to give us an early Christmas present by donating all the green for the project. Thanks Bob-we really appreciate your support!
Framing starts next week with the team from Deck and Basement and Jigsaw Builders-with a projected high of 15 on Tuesday they better be working fast to keep themselves warm…
November 21st, 2017 UPDATE
Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down. One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe. Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.
The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home. They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order. They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link or contact myself or Pat Noonan. We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck. Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.
The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future. They are hoping to begin their build in January or February. Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.
I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair
NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.
“Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling
November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:
NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
NADRA members in MN got together to plan this years Deck for a Soldier® build. They chose MACV as their recipient. This worthy organization runs multiple transitional living homes for Veterans in crisis to help them get back on their feet and back into their own independent housing. One of their homes has an old deck that has been condemned by the City of Minneapolis and is literally falling apart.
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Company is leading the project with the support of many local members. Pat writes to the crews just this morning:
“Welcome to NADRA and thank you for supporting this worthwhile organization. As a member for 10 years I can attest to the knowledge, friendships and networking I have gained since joining. Great to hear that you may be interested in helping with our D4S project, I have attached information on the recipient and project details. We are planning to demo on Friday and finalize plans early next week once we have existing deck removed. I will send permit plans to you as soon as we have them. Hoping to have permit and be ready for footings the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions.”
Stay tuned for more updates.
November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:
Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge.
Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia
Dasso Group Issues Notice of Patent Infringement in U.S. Market
Dasso Group, a global manufacturer and distributor of bamboo flooring, has issued a Notice of Patent Infringement of its patented Fused Bamboo product, which is sold in the United States under Dasso’s XTR brand. According to the Notice of Patent Infringement, Dasso Group has learned that several former employees and outside sales representatives, including a major bamboo flooring distributor headquartered in the Netherlands, are involved and directly linked to the intentional infringement of Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent in violation of the U.S. Patent Act.
Dasso Group’s Fused Bamboo is a patented process and manufacturing method, which has been granted patent protection in many countries around the world, including, but not limited to, the United States, the European Union (10 member states) and China. Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent 8,709,578 was granted on April 29, 2014 and remains a valid and enforceable patent in the U.S. Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products are sold and distributed exclusively in the U.S. under the brand name Dasso XTR and can be found on the company’s website at www.dassoxtr.com.
Beginning in 2013, as part of its global initiative to expand its sales channels and platforms, Dasso Group granted Moso International BV the exclusive limited rights to distribute Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking product, in certain countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Since 2013, Moso International BV has distributed Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand within and limited to the territories authorized by Dasso Group.
According to Dasso Group, in June 2017, Moso International BV’s Director of Operations, Rene Zaal, met with officers of Dasso Group in China and requested an expansion into the U.S. market of its distribution rights of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products. After this request was denied, Dasso Group has learned that Moso International BV privately entered into a manufacturing agreement with the same factory in China that has manufactured Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products since 2013. Dasso Group has also learned that several former employees of Dasso Group, including Brett Kelly (who was the President of DassoXTR), Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, participated in and assisted Moso International BV’s plans to enter the U.S. market, in violation of its limited distributorship agreement with Dasso Group and in violation of U.S. patent laws, and to sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product under Moso International BV’s Bamboo X-Treme brand. Brett Kelly is now the President of MOSO North America, Inc.; Steve Osterman is now the Vice President of Sales at Moso North America, Inc; and Mark Clifton is now the Vice President and General Manager at Moso North America, Inc.
According to Avery Chua, Dasso Group’s U.S. representative, “Moso International BV has never been granted the rights to distribute or sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the United States. As part of our investigation, we have learned that Moso International BV, through its newly formed company, Moso North America, Inc., and with the assistance of Dasso Group’s former employees, are now importing, selling and distributing Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product in the U.S. under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand, which is the same brand and the same product that Moso International BV has been selling in limited territories since 2013. We are aware of the actions of our former employees and Moso International BV and we are preparing legal action against those employees and Moso North America, Inc. to enforce Dasso Group’s U.S. patent and distribution rights and to hold those who have knowingly participated in these activities accountable.” Dasso Group also announced that it will take all necessary actions to safeguard and protect the rights of its authorized distributors and dealers in the U.S. market.
Dasso Group is represented by Scott R. Hoopes and the law firm of Mills & Hoopes, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Any information or documents concerning the unauthorized and infringing solicitation, sale and distribution of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the U.S. market by Moso International BV, Moso North America, Inc., Brett Kelly, Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, including bamboo product being sold and distributed as Moso Bamboo X-treme or Bamboo X-treme, should be sent to info@dassoGroup.com or email@example.com.
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(From the Professional Deck Builder On-line Oct. 13, 2017, the following is a summary from the article.)
The Value of an ICC Guideline
Plan reviewers and inspectors are left without guidance – beyond DCA-6 – on any proposed alternative details that would have sufficient strength to safely resist the code-mandated 200-lb. concentrated load requirement. Some contractors argue – without any testing evidence – that there are other 4×4 guard post connection details that are safe. But without that evidence, and because of the gap in the current IRC on how to prescriptively construct a guard post attachment to a deck, the code community faces the near impossible task of ensuring that deck guard constructions they approve will in fact safely resist the code specified design load in-service.
Until a proposal to the IRC for prescriptive guard post details is finally approved and adopted, an ICC Guideline could be valuable in an attempt to protect life and prevent fall injuries/fatalities from decks and balconies. Plan reviewers need a concise document that addresses the complicated issue of guard post attachment to decks. The value of the proposed Guideline is vast—all residential plan reviewers can benefit from an ICC published Guideline by using it in deck/balcony plan checking and inspection until this life safety issue is addressed by the IRC, hopefully within the next decade.
Figure 1. The simulated deck joist/band/guard post configuration tested by the team at Virginia Tech; the connector easily passed the load tests and formed the basis for the details adopted by the AWC DCA6.