Code Proposal – Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?

The Fairfax Group is a group that attended a meeting a few weeks ago in Fairfax, VA to work together on deck code proposal that originated in Fairfax. Those in attendance were the AWC, NAHB, CLMA, NADRA, VBCOA, CCICC, Simpson Strong Tie and others. The group also had a conference call-in from Dr. Don Bender. The group is looking for support from organizations and associations throughout the industry for the proposed code suggestions found HERE.
This started as an eleven page document. With NADRA’s involvement in this committee, and the efforts of Glenn Mathewson, NADRA’s Technical Advisor, the proposed changes now consist of the 3 pages – again, found HERE.
Please provide your “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” by Wednesday, 12/19/12 at 2pm EST.
The original 11 pages can be found here on the NADRA Blog, just scroll down.NADRA has until tomorrow to decide if we want to endorse this proposal with our name on it.  If not, we can always continue to work on it during the hearings next year as modification can occur throughout the process.  A thumbs down that comes with a reason “why” is helpful, as we can address the “why” during the hearings. Please post your feedback in this feed.

Thank you,

NADRA HQ & Glenn Mathewson, Technical Advisor

From a NADRA Builder: Stair Rail Safety Concerns

Hello fellow NADRA Members, I recently read an article on one of our manufacture members and wanted to pass

it on. I have been using EZ Stair products for years now, with the large number of decks we build the system works quickly

and adds to the overall quality and long term durability of our decks.  The new stair post mounting option discussed in this ICC-ES eNews article about stair rail safety concerns http://www.ez-stairs.com/imgfiles/pdf/EZ_Stairs_ESR.pdf  is another great use for these brackets.

How many of you have gone out to an existing deck to talk about replacement or re-skinning and found the stair posts to be strong, safe and capable from breaking someone’s fall?  Usually they are calling us because the stairs and rail are no longer safe.  It is amazing how the force on the top of the rail is multiplied by the lever action of the post against the stringer.

Quote from the article:

“The post acted as a lever against the stringer,

magnifying the load on each bolt. A 20-pound pull at the

guardrail level resulted in a 120-pound force at the base of the

post and caused the top bolt to pull through the stringer. Once

the top bolt had broken through, the bottom bolt was left to

resist the entire load. The mechanical advantage was further

amplified by the lower position of the bottom bolt, and the final

50-pound pull on the guard rail became a 1,200-pound force

at the base. This was enough to twist the stringer and cause it

to crack longitudinally”

 

Give it a read, it may change how you think about post mounting.  Is a bolt into a cut stringer going to hold up for long term?

 

Pat Noonan

NADRA Member, Deck and Basement Co.

Minneapolis MN

Research Report Confirms Code Compliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                                                             Research Report for NyloDeck® Confirms Building Code Compliance

Decking material span ratings underscore NyloDeck’s strength and performance traits 

 Covington, GA – November 19, 2012 – Building materials manufacturer NyloBoard, LLC, whose patented process uses recycled carpet fiber and VOC-free resins to create exceptionally strong, durable and eco-friendly products, announced it has received its Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) 0183 from Architectural Testing, Inc. for NyloDeck®, its newest product.  NyloDeck is a unique composite decking and dock material that contains no wood or PVC. The product was recently introduced this fall at DeckExpo 2012, a national deck and railing industry event.

The CCRR confirms NyloDeck’s compliance with ICC-ES™ Acceptance Criteria, AC-174 and ASTM D 7032.  Receiving the CCRR demonstrates that NyloDeck has met the rigorous requirements set forth by the International Code Council (ICC), who ensures the safety and reliability of building products and provides safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace.  The report further documents compliance with the requirements of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), 2012 International Residential Code (IRC), and the 2010 Florida Building Code (FBC) for deck span ratings.

“Successfully meeting code requirements and third-party testing validates our commitment to producing attractive, versatile NyloDeck boards that are deemed safe and will be reliable for years to come,” said Craig Jacks, vice president, Sales and Marketing at NyloBoard.

NyloDeck is rated for a uniform live load of 100 lbs./psf when installed on support framing spaced at up to 24 inches on center and 200 lbs./psf on framing spaced at up to 16 inches, making it one of the strongest deck products on the market.  The unique patented manufacturing process combining recycled carpet fiber with VOC-free resins has resulted in a product with superior strength and durability whose technology has been proven in the marine industry and other building applications for nearly a decade.

“Most decking materials are limited to framing at 16 inches per 100 pounds, whereas NyloDeck can be used for spans up to 24 inches, which is a testament to our commitment to innovation and superior performance,” said Stuart Dimery, national product manager, NyloBoard. “NyloDeck’s proven material properties – combined with its durability and natural wood appearance – are unmatched in today’s marketplace,” added Dimery.

These span ratings also allow for flexibility in design and reduced material costs as deck boards can be run at a 45° angle with 16 inch spacing, rather than 12 inches, which is the maximum for most competitors.  This is particularly important when considering the replacement of an existing deck.

“At NyloBoard, innovation is inherent in our culture. We continually work to advance our manufacturing technologies so that our products can look great, exceed market expectations and deliver peace of mind for both contractors and homeowners,” noted Jacks.

A full copy of the CCRR 0183 is available on NyloBoard’s Web site at www.Nyloboard.com.  As NyloDeck’s distribution/dealer network is being built, please direct inquiries to the sales team. Call 877-NYLO-909 (877-695-6909) or 770-385-6168 or visit online for more information.

 

NyloDeck’s superior strength and durability allows for greater flexibility in design with deck boards spanning 16” at a 45 degree angle.

About NyloBoard

NyloBoard, LLC is a manufacturer of superior building products whose patented process uses recycled carpet fiber to create exceptionally strong, durable and eco-friendly products, containing no wood or PVC. NyloBoard products help stop the waste stream of carpet fiber that currently contributes billions of pounds of non-reclaimable waste to landfills each year by using it to create products including NyloSheet® and NyloDeck®. Nyloboard also takes pride in manufacturing eco-friendly building products that are impervious to moisture, rot, termites, mold and mildew. NyloBoard‘s manufacturing facility is located in Covington, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta.

 

 

 

Osmose Receives Underwriters Laboratory Environmental Validation

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2012

For more information contact:

Tom Horvat
Osmose, Inc. 770-233-4222 thorvat@osmose.com

Osmose MicroPro® Preservative Technology Receives

Underwriters Laboratory Environmental Claim Validation

Griffin, GA, November 8, 2012 – Osmose, Inc., the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies, has received from UL Environment their Environmental Claim Validation for the Osmose MicroPro preservative technology.

The UL Environment Environmental Claim Validation provides assurance that the Osmose MicroPro technology exhibits volatile organic compound (VOC) content below the limits defined by South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) RULE 1113. Wood products treated with the Osmose MicroPro technology can be used in schools and office construction, and to create products such as children’s playsets. “By achieving an Environmental Claim Validation from UL Environment for their MicroPro technology, Osmose has demonstrated to buyers, retailers, and consumers their commitment to third-party substantiation and scientifically backed claims,” said Sara Greenstein, President of UL Environment.

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UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), works to promote global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. UL Environment’s Environmental Claim Validations are backed by one of the world’s most

trusted names in product safety and certifications. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. Products such as the Osmose MicroPro technology with UL Environment validated claims are featured on UL Environment’s Sustainable Product Database, a free online tool for specifiers and other purchasers.

In addition to this new validation, MicroPro technology has also earned Green Approved Product Certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center under the National Green Building Standard program, GREENGUARD® Children & Schoolssm Certification from UL Environment, and an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification from Scientific Certification Systems based on Life-Cycle Assessment. Wood products treated with the MicroPro technology can be used indoors as well as in exterior above ground, ground contact, fresh water immersion, and critical structure end uses.

Information about Osmose, Inc.

Osmose, Inc. is recognized as the premier supplier of wood preservative technologies. The company provides innovative wood preservation and enhancement products, advanced engineering services, and customized marketing services throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. For further information regarding MicroPro treated wood products, visit www.osmosewood.com.

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©2012. Osmose and MicroPro are registered trademarks of Osmose, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Update: ICC Action Committee Proposal

The ICC Building Code Action Committee is considering a very large proposal for deck construction provisions to be included in the 2015 IRC.  Anyone is invited to provide feedback, both opponent and proponent, on the proposal.  The committee wishes to work on the document with the industry, prior to the hearings next year.  Take a look at this proposal and see if you want these provisions to become code? Code, such that any other option is an “alternative” that has to be convinced to the building official over “just doing what the code says”.

You decide, NADRA.  What are your opinions about this?

There are some helpful provisions…and some…others.  It’s a long document…but it’s very, very serious. Code that comes out of an ICC Action Committee comes with some serious power.  Get involved and help NADRA represent our industry in the code development process.  We need you.

NADRA is positioned as the voice of the deck, dock and railing industry. Send your input toInfo@NADRA.org.

Read Proposal

 

 

How to Prepare Your Deck for Hurricane Sandy

Protect the inside and outside of your home before a hurricane comes!

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Northeastern US, here are some critical things you must do to prepare your deck:

Article by: Advantage Trim and Lumber

  1. Bring in all planters and any loose items – Any loose item left on or even under your deck will turn into a missile in the midst of hurricane force winds. You might be tempted to tie down certain items, but we caution against this since it is a temporary solution that most times won’t stand up to the 75+ MPH winds of a hurricane.
  2. Dunk your patio furniture – A tip that most Floridians know is that a secure place to store patio furniture is in the pool. That’s right. Carefully place your metal or plastic patio furniture inside your pool and you won’t have to worry about it being swept away or damaged. If your outdoor furniture has a glass top, or if you don’t have a pool, bring it inside.
  3. Secure any loose boards or railing! – If you notice any loose railing, spindles, or deck boards, secure them with the proper fasteners. The last thing you want is to undertake any preventable deck repairs. Don’t bother using nails since they offer no lasting holding power. Use stainless steel screws meant for outdoor use only.
  4. Don’t go out on your deck during the storm, ever – Remember just because you took the time to prepare your deck for a hurricane doesn’t mean that your neighbors did. Don’t go out on your deck during the storm since flying debris can inflict major damage to you and your family. The last thing you want is for someone to get injured and no way to get medical attention.

If you live anywhere near the coast of Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, we encourage you to heed any and all warnings. Remember, even if you’re not worried about the wind, water damage, especially near the coast, storm surge is a reality. Take care and stay safe!

NADRA Atlanta October 2012 Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                                                                                              October 2012

Thanks to all who attended the NADRA Atlanta Chapter meeting this past Monday evening at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had 60+ attendees and many guests from the Principia Conference.  I want to thank Larry Pease with Trex for sponsoring the meeting and for a great presentation.  Our guest speaker was Ryan Magnon the Senior Manager, Hospitality and Service Design, Chick-Fil-A.   Ryan gave us a great presentation and left us with some new ideas on how to brand our companies and provide superior customer service.

I had the opportunity to review the recent Deck Expo Show and highlighted many of the things that went on at show this year including our recent National meeting.  Our own Bobby Parks is the new Vice president of the National Board so please congratulate him next time you see him and He can fill you in on any of the “happenings” with NADRA national.  We had four Atlanta members that attended the Master Deck Certification classes; David Tibbetts (Atlanta Decking & Fence), Frank Pologruto (Decks & More), John Lea (DeckSouth), and Craig Jacks (Nyloboard).  We also had several members that participated and won some of the National Deck Awards; John Paulin (Tailor Decks) won three awards, Rick Goldstein (Mosaic Group) won two awards, John Lea (DeckSouth) won two awards, and Frank Pologruto (Decks & More) won two awards.  Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all who participated

Rich Phillips (Decks By Design) spoke to the group about a HomeAid Atlanta project that we are undertaking in the coming weeks in South Atlanta.   HomeAid is nonprofit group that is affiliated with the Atlanta Home Builders association and they provide transitional housing for the homeless in Atlanta.  We are beginning to coordinate some of our efforts with the Atlanta HBA and this is the second project that we will be working with them on.  Please contact Rich or myself if you can help us with materials or labor.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday– December the 12th.  This is our Big Year End Event and we are holding at Maggiano’s – Cumberland Mall location.  Arch will be our sponsor and we are still working on our guest speaker.  This is our time to look at the year past and to plan for the coming year – we need a big attendance so please put it on your calendars and note that Spouses are encouraged to attend.  We will also be putting together a “Toys for Tots” drive at the meeting – details to follow. Thanks again to all the out of town guests that took their time to join us – we loved having you and hope you can join us again anytime you are able.

 

Respectfully Submitted                                                                                                            Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA October 2012 National Code Meeting

We were quite pleased by the turnout of professionals that attended the meeting at Deck Expo about the development of the 2015 IRC.  Members from all aspects of our industry sat together while we delivered a message about the upcoming code modification process, the goals, needs and the current status of NADRA in regard to this process.  This was followed by an open format for member to discuss their concerns and ideas and to ask questions.  This meet and greet was a great start to getting the association working together on important code issues that affect us all.

A few points of discussion:

1)   It was brought up by a member that the lateral load anchor detail in the IRC should be a priority of NADRA in the upcoming process.  This code provision has garnered the attention of the entire industry since it’s inclusion in the code.  Builders and code administrators alike are baffled with how to handle this detail in the application of the code.  However, it is not easily removed from the code, as was discovered in the process for the 2012 IRC, where it was proven that logical issues would alone not remove it.  The testing performed by Washington State regarding lateral live loads from deck occupants was discussed as a possible reference for deriving actual lateral loads that need resistance, as opposed to an arbitrary number, now provided in the IRC.  It was strongly agreed that this portion of the IRC needs modification, but equally recognized that research and testing will likely be necessary for the ICC membership to consider any modification proposal.

2)   The need for funding for the work of NADRA in the code change process was discussed, as well as ideas for fundraising.  Builders present were brainstorming ideas for a grass-roots type of support and fundraising that allows builder members to directly support and promote the NADRA code change efforts.  It was recognized that the financial burden couldn’t be put solely on the shoulders of our industry members.  At the same time, industry members still showed their support in the effort.  When industry pros like FastenMaster and Fiberon stand with builders for a common effort in code, you know you’ve got an industry working together.  The Professional Deck Builder, a trade journal, was also there, and offered to help publicize our efforts.

3)   The strategy for growing NADRA’s presence in the ICC modification process was discussed.  It was proposed that NADRA select some low-hanging fruit code modifications that will be an easy win.  This will allow NADRA and NADRA’s representative, Glenn Mathewson, to make a good and positive first impression on the ICC membership and committee during the 2013 process.  The primary efforts will be focused on reviewing, commenting and proposing modification to proposals submitted by others.  The ICC process provides many opportunities to building and modify the code throughout the process, including modification of others proposals.

If you are a NADRA member, or an industry professional, we invite you to join us in the discussion of the future of ICC code provisions that affect deck construction.  Send an email to NADRA Headquarters, at info@nadra.org, or to Glenn Mathewson, at glennmathewson@nadra.org

NADRA Announces NEW Membership Packages

We are proud to announce our new membership packages! When the requests poured in to create a year-round opportunity to support the association, we listened. These new packages will provide you with more value added benefits and services from NADRA. We are excited to present to you the new packages in Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Each package has been customized to include annual dues and sponsorships for one flat fee. Packages include year-round marketing opportunities while saving you money. This means, one payment for year-round participation. Packages include website presence, education sponsorship, NADRA’s Main Event sponsorship & more. Our hopes are that this will allow for budgets to be presented to your company in advance to ensure NADRA’s continued growth.

For our members who wish to remain in the original categories, those options are still available to you. Opportunities for individual sponsorships are still available through NADRA’s Media Kit. We appreciate all of our members, and this is a great way for you to feel that while you’re helping NADRA achieve its goals, you’re also getting more “bang for your buck”.

Click HERE to view new membership application!

Ask NADRA: Tilting Support Posts

February 3, 2012 |

My deck is supported by wood posts that rest on concrete piles set into the ground. The concrete piles seem to be moving causing a tilt to the wooden post (inward, toward the house). Do you have a guideline on how much post tilt is acceptable?

Glenn Mathewson, NADRA’s Technical Advisor, responds:

I can understand your concern and I’m glad you contacted NADRA for assistance. From what you have described, it does not reflect an appropriate foundation system. All foundations, including those for decks, must be placed a minimum of 12 inches below undisturbed soil. That refers to soil that has not been backfilled, rototilled, installed with sod, or any other disturbance. In a common yard the pier would be at least 18” below the top of the final grade. This depth provides lateral resistance to overturning… what your piers are likely doing. I presume insufficient depth of the piers is the source of this problem.

As for the posts, I can’t really recommend any acceptable tilt other than the tolerances in the bubble on a 4-foot level. I would presume that if the posts moved from vertical to tilted, then they’re likely to keep moving. That is a more significant issue than just a little angle on the post.

For the sake of discussion, a deck “could” be designed with a tremendous angle in the posts. For the sake of your deck, I would look at shoring it up and replacing the piers. If your posts are in good shape, you could even pour your piers a few inches higher than before; level the deck out nicely and then cut the posts back in at just the right height.

If your feeling up to it, grab a buddy or two, a weekend or two, and the right tools for the job, otherwise, take a look at our member directory and find a NADRA builder nearby. Either way… we wish you the best for you and your deck.

Thank you for contacting NADRA.

Glenn Mathewson
NADRA Technical Advisor