If there’s one thing we are never short of here at NADRA HQ, it’s work to be done. As you’ve been hammering away at the job site this summer, building masterpieces, selling innovative products, inspecting beautiful outdoor living spaces; we too have been hard at work. We’ve been planning for our members’ and the remainder of 2019. What we want to mention here is not the deck competition, not sponsorships or a code update, not even deck safety! Can you believe that?! What we want to tell you is that we are about to launch a brand new membership database. There are NEW benefits for every member with this new upgraded software. See what’s in store:
Online Billing & Online Payments:
You can now set up automatic payments!
NEW Membership Directory:
NEW! *Interactive Member Profiles
Interactive Map! Visitors to NADRA.org can search and zoom in on members in any location, and click directly on YOUR profile from the popup previews (address security is controlled by YOU!)
NEW! *Add-on such as adding your company social media links to your member profile listing
Website visitors can send you an email direct from your profile page (without your email address being displayed!)
Best Part! YOU have full control over your member profile. You can login and update it at any time.
Event Calendar and Event Registration:
Browse NADRA events and industry related events
NEW! *Member contributed events: Certain tier members will be permitted access to post their own events
These are just a few of the upgrades to our new membership database and directory. If you are a current member of NADRA, you can expect an email from us real soon (within the next week) explaining even more and providing you with the next steps to access your profile page.
*Important Notice: If your membership in NADRA expired, please consider renewing online today. Once we go live with the new database / directory, expired and terminated members will not be listed. You always have the choice to re-join at a later date.
Through the efforts of NADRA.org and other organizations and professionals, the 2015 IRC revealed the first deck beam-sizing table (Table R507.5) to ever be included in a US model code. It provides maximum spans of simple deck beams based on different loading, species, profiles, and number of plies of common lumber. It was a welcome addition for building departments that have long struggled to approve deck designs without requiring an engineer and without having to develop their own span tables, as many had done. The American Wood Council (AWC) created their popular document, DCA6, to help alleviate this problem and provide pre-engineered design tables. These tables would become the 2015 provisions, and still today the AWC provides the engineering for most of the new deck structural provisions. For contractors working in regions not utilizing the DCA6, the new tables came as a little shock. In comparing the beams spans that have been acceptable, the new IRC tables cut them down dramatically. Why?
Creating a pre-engineered design table is not necessarily simple, specifically for beams. To provide a maximum allowable beam span, the load the beam is supporting has to be known. In its most simple form, a beam supports joists of the same length and carries half that length. A ledger, presumably, is carrying the other half. Those same joists, however, could cantilever beyond the beam, and the beam would support the entire load of the cantilever. This is just one design variable of many. A beam could be at an angle and support a non-uniform load along its length, or it could be supporting joists spanning from both sides. Currently none of those variables are provided in the code.
Why did many allowable beam spans suddenly reduce with the new
code? The table is calculated on the
assumption that every beam is supporting maximum-cantilevered joists. In many cases, joists can cantilever beyond
the beam up to 1/4 their span, and that’s a lot of added load…load that is
being designed for every time, whether there or not. Consider a deck with a 12 ft. joist span and
no cantilever. The beam is actually
carrying 6 feet of joist, but the code is sizing it as if it’s carrying 9 ft.,
because it’s assuming the maximum allowable 3 ft. joist cantilever is there. If you did cantilever the joist the maximum
distance, the table is accurate. If you
didn’t, your beam spans are unnecessarily restricted…significantly. Okay—Let’s fix that!
The NADRA proposal RB190 adds a footnote to the beam span table with a set of modifiers. The modifiers allow you to alter the input “joist span” in the beam span table based on different percentages of joist cantilever from zero to one-fourth. Included are cantilevers of 1/12, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, and the maximum 1/4 of the joist span. Currently, a (2) 2×10 southern pine beam supporting a 12 ft. joist span is restricted 7 ft. – 4 in., REGARDLESS of whether the joists cantilever or not. With RB190’s modifiers, if the joists don’t cantilever, the 12 ft. span can be multiplied by .66 to yield an equivalent span of 8 ft. Using this value in the table results in an accurate maximum beam span of 9 ft. That’s no small margin from the current 7 ft. – 4 inch maximum! There is no reason not to allow beams to be sized for their actual loads, and possibly reduce some costs or visually obstructive posts from our neighbors’ backyards.
Proposal RB190 was prompted by NADRA, developed with the help of the Deck Code Coalition, and engineered by the American Wood Council. It is solid engineering in a solid concept. It was approved at the Committee Action Hearings with no opposition. There is good reason to believe it will make it through the last part of the ICC code development process, the Final Action Hearing.
Please support proposal RB190 and let’s maintain an appropriate balance between safety, design freedom, and affordability.
Please contact NADRA for any questions or concerns regarding this proposal. We welcome your conversation. You can send an email to Info@NADRA.org
MAPLE RIDGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 29th, 2019 – Vista Railing Systems Inc., the market leader in exterior railing products that are both stylish & simple, is expanding its distribution network with the addition of Wurth Wood Product’s branches in Alabama and Tennessee.
“We are very passionate about partnering with Wurth Wood Group, previously under the very strongly recognized name of United Plywood and Lumber throughout Alabama and Tennessee”, said Erik Flick, VP of Business Development at Vista. “They have strong relationships in the marketplace and have been trusted by their dealers to provide quality products and service since 1944. We are very excited to be working with them to provide our premium railing products to their dealer network.
Wurth Wood Group, previously known as United Plywood and Lumber Inc., has serviced the building materials industry since 1944. Wurth has 6 branches across Alabama and Tennessee.
“We are excited to partner with Vista Railing for our Alabama and Tennessee branches”, said Rick Eversole, Regional VP of Sales for Wurth Wood Products. “We will have the Vista Aluminum Railing and the Vista Traditional Deck Railing Kits on the ground and ready for our customers to begin ordering by the first full week of August.
About Vista Railing Systems, Inc.
Since 1974, Vista Railing Systems Inc., has been a market leader in premium exterior railing systems. At Vista, we believe our railings create amazing spaces that inspire people to connect. Whether it is a backyard get together with friends, just the two of you sipping a fresh cup of coffee on an early morning, or a birthday party for your children, our railings create the perfect space. Through design-forward thinking that embraces simplicity, our stylish railings can be enjoyed with every home.
VISTA™ designs, engineers, tests and manufactures premium quality railings in aluminum, glass, mixed materials, and wood…all through the lens of style and simplicity.
For any additional information, please contact Rob Mitchell, President & CEO, Vista Railing Systems Inc. Email: email@example.com
Grand Rapids, MI — Deckorators, a leading manufacturer of composite decking, has approved CAMO’s EdgeClip™ and EdgeXClip™ fasteners for use with their grooved deck boards. CAMO Edge Screws are also on the Deckorators compatible fastener list, having previously been approved for use with their square profile deck boards. Manufactured by National Nail, these fastener systems were designed with contractor input to help them quickly and efficiently fasten deck boards and achieve a fastener-free surface.
“We are very pleased that Deckorators has approved our CAMO Edge deck fasteners and clips for use with their innovative Deckorators composite decking product lines,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO of National Nail. “We feel that contractors who use CAMO brands with Deckorators deck boards will benefit from the improved installation experience and lasting performance of these two industry-leading innovations.”
“At Deckorators, we pride ourselves in providing a great decking experience to our partners and that includes installation options,” said Chris Camfferman, Managing Director of Marketing, Deckorators. “We are therefore excited about adding CAMO EdgeClip and EdgeXClip to our list of compatible fasteners.”
CAMO’s new EdgeClip and EdgeXClip are engineered to reduce installation times, require no partial install and can fasten any type of grooved deck board including wood, capstock, or PVC. The EdgeClip is designed for 90-degree patterns and the EdgeXClip is designed for any angled decking pattern. A Never-Miss™ Guide is included in every pail of clips which makes fastening even easier so grooved boards can be installed in half the time. Use the new CAMO® DRIVE™ stand-up tool with the clip guide for even faster installation.
For square deck boards, CAMO’s Edge Fastening System uses a hand guide tool to drive proprietary fasteners into the edge of the board and joist on both sides, creating a more stable deck board with no visible fasteners on the surface. The CAMO DRIVE also has an edge fastening attachment for faster installation as well. To learn more about the CAMO EdgeClip and EdgeXClip, visit www.camofasteners.com/clips.
The approval for CAMO fasteners and clips can be found in the Deckorators Resource Guide:
Deckorators, the first name in decking, railing and accessories and the originator of the round aluminum baluster, is a brand of Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative decking and railing products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct products allows both DIYers and builders to bring the personal creativity of interior design to outdoor living. www.deckorators.com
CAMO exists to provide the best deck fastening installation experience. Bar None. Whether you install decks for a living, volunteer to help a buddy, or maybe just once in your lifetime, CAMO products are designed with you in mind; hard-working folks who take pride in their work, value their wallet, and respect brands who respect them. From fasteners, to fastening guides and tools, all CAMO products are engineered so your work looks good and performs as you expect it should.
CAMO Deck Responsibly™.
For more information or to locate a dealer, visit camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram. Search CAMO Fasteners on YouTube to find our channel or check us out on Pinterest.
The acquisition will add laboratory and testing capabilities to the Code Council service offerings and will foster innovation by streamlining the time-to-market for product manufacturers
Nappanee, IN – The International Code Council announced today that it has acquired NTA, a leading provider of testing services, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and code evaluation. The Indiana-based company will significantly expand the services the Code Council provides by adding major laboratory and testing capabilities.
NTA currently serves residential and commercial builders, code officials, manufacturers and suppliers throughout the building industry. The company has offices and a testing laboratory in Nappanee, Indiana, and will soon break ground on a new testing campus in Bryan, Texas. Additional information about the new facility will be available soon.
“NTA joining the Code Council will bring their exceptional testing capabilities to our suite of services,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “This acquisition helps us to better fulfill our building safety mission and serve our members and clients.”
NTA maintains one of the largest manufacturing inspection workforces in the market, and its inspection professionals currently hold hundreds of Code Council certifications. Its network of auditors enables it to provide review and inspection of in-plant quality control procedures, ensuring consistent quality of products for code compliance.
“Since its founding in 1976, NTA has stood for quality and integrity,” said David A. Tompos, President and CEO of NTA. “We are a family-owned company, and entering into this partnership makes us a member of a larger family of companies. We are proud to be a part of the Code Council and are excited about the opportunities this relationship will open up for both companies.”
“ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is thrilled about this new acquisition,” stated ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. “We are a global leader in technical evaluations of building products, and the addition of NTA to the family of solutions will allow us to further streamline the time-to-market for product manufacturers by offering testing services in house.”
Representatives from the Code Council and NTA signed the agreement today at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification, and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.
About NTA, Inc. NTA, Inc. provides code evaluation, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and testing services, as well as independent quality and standards compliance verification for many building products.
2, 2018, MOSO filed a petition with the United States Patent Trial and Appeal
Board (“PTAB”), in which MOSO sought to invalidate Dasso’s U.S. Patent. In a
stunning rebuke of MOSO’s claim challenges to Dasso’s ‘578 Patent, a lengthy
Final Decision was entered on May 13, 2019, which concluded as follows: “ORDERED
that the Petition is denied as to all challenged claims of the ‘578 patent and
no trial is instituted.”
strategic attempt to invalidate Dasso’s U.S. patent failed spectacularly.
Rather than prevailing, MOSO’s patent challenge and the PTAB Final Decision
only strengthened Dasso’s ‘578 Patent, including the pending claims against
MOSO in a Delaware patent infringement case.
satisfied with the PTAB patent judges’ Final Decision to deny MOSO’s attempt to
invalidate its ‘578 patent. Here are some key events leading to the PTAB Final
– Dasso files Federal lawsuit against MOSO for unlawful infringement of Dasso’s
– MOSO files a petition with PTAB to invalidate Dasso’s ‘578 patent by claiming
Dasso’s patented process is unpatentable.
– PTAB judges deny all claims by MOSO challenging the validity and
patentability of Dasso’s ‘578 U.S. patent.
To finish a marathon, you’ve got to push through the last
mile. Such is the same with developing a
new edition of the International Residential Code. Thousands of people are currently running a
marathon toward the 2021 IRC, and though they are halfway through, there’s no
telling who (or who’s proposals) will make it to the finish line. While it’s too soon to start cheering, it’s
not to soon to feel confident and strong, and that’s how the NADRA and Deck
Code Coalition proposals are looking.
With the publishing of the final report from the Committee
Action Hearings, the public can not only see the results of the hearing, but
also a summary of the comments made by the committee. There are three result categories, but since
those aren’t “final” results, the comments should be the focus. The committee comments could be looked at as
spectators cheering on or booing the runners.
They provide direction, encouragement, and suggestions, much like “you
got this! Keep going! You’re so close”.
Unfortunately, sometimes the comments can feel more like “you’re never
going to make it! Give up now! You look
The race is not over until you pass the finish line, and
sometimes people get a second wind.
That’s what the next phase of the code modification process can offer—a
second chance. Regardless of the
committee result, every proposal can receive a public comment modification, and
if received, the proposal will be heard again at the final hearings, where a
final vote will be made…but not really.
The final vote is actually made online a few weeks after the
hearing. In this vote, only governmental
ICC members can cast the final thumbs up or thumbs down. These members could vote down a proposal
approved by the committee, and likewise, the members could turn around a
proposal disapproved by the committee.
Public comments to the committee results are due July 24th
and these will be the catalyst for the next step in the process. A proposal that does not receive a public
comment is almost certain to be finalized as-is in the “bulk vote” where the
governmental members vote for the entire package of proposals. Having not received any disagreement from the
public, the assumption is that the committee opinion is good to go. Here is the part to pay close attention to:
If the committee
result for a proposal is not challenged by July 24th, consider it
done. If there is something you don’t
like, silence is equivalent to support.
So let me put it this way… “Speak now or forever hold your peace”.
Okay…that’s not exactly true, but you would have to hold
it until the 2024 IRC code development hearings where everything is on the
Thanks to select NADRA members that have financially supported
NADRA representation in the code modification process, I am working alongside
other professionals in the Deck Code Coaltion and we are preparing public
comments. We are running this marathon
until the end. I hope you are on the
sidelines cheering us on. Here are the
results and comments from the Committee Action Hearings that have us in a
runner’s high. You can view all the
Group B ICC documents and the live video from the Group B hearing at this
Committee Reason: There were multiple corrections expressed in
a modification that the committee felt was too extensive. The wording in
Section 507.4 is confusing. The committee urges that the corrections should be
brought forward in a public comment. The collaborative effort, and inclusion of
engineers in the effort, was a positive aspect for this proposal. (Vote: 10-1)
RB185: Approved As
Committee Reason:The modification to Section
R507.10.1.2 removed ‘approved’ because this adjective cannot be applied to
manufacture’s instructions. The modification to Section to R507.10.2 reworded
the two sentences for clarity. The modification to Section R507.10.4 removes
‘approved’ because this would be confusing to the homeowner. The proposal
provided good general prescriptive language for guards that will reduce the
need for engineering of guards. The committee had several suggestions for
better wording that should come forward in a public comment: Add ‘also’ to
Section R312.1.4; ‘design’ instead of ‘construction’ in Section 507.10; revise
‘prevent’ to ‘limit’ in Section R507.10.1.1; joists are part of the deck
framing, so the language in Section R507.10.1 is confusing. (Vote: 9-2)
RB186: Approved As
Committee Reason: The modification restores rivets and puts in
the term ‘glulam’ to be consistent with the term used in ASTM F1667. Adding the
Class D is appropriate for this product. (Vote: 11-0)
RB187: Approved As
Committee Reason: The committee felt that the overall proposal is a good
reorganization that add clarity to the code requirements. Item 3 in Section
R507.3.3 is an alternative means that is currently allowed in Chapter 1. (Vote:
RB188: Approved As
Committee Reason:This revision will clarify the
engineering option for deck beams where fastened together. (Vote: 11-0)
RB189: Approved As
Committee Reason: This
change clarifies the cantilever limitations. (Vote: 11-0)
RB190: Approved As
Committee Reason: The proposed footnote allows for a design
that does not use the full cantilever, which will allow for a more efficient
design. If you do not use this option, the table is more conservative. The
commentary should include an example. (Vote: 11-0)
RB191: Approved As
Committee Reason: The revisions add clarification to the code
and allows for better design practice for wood decking. (Vote 11-0)
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ATLANTA, June 18, 2019 – MoistureShield, a division of Oldcastle APG and a manufacturer of innovative composite decking & railing, has partnered with Cardinal Building Products, a leader in building products distribution with vast expertise in decking and alternative exterior products. Headquartered in Leola, PA, Cardinal will carry the full line of MoistureShield state-of-the-art composite products designed to replace traditional decking materials.
A family business since 1992, Cardinal Building Products has close to 1 million sq. ft. of decking at its Leola, PA, facility. Through the Leola branch location, Cardinal Building Products will supply MoistureShield to lumberyards throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
“We have extensive experience in decking and recognize how nicely MoistureShield’s innovative product lines fit into our product selection,” said Rick Hess, General Manager of Cardinal Building Products. “MoistureShield demonstrates the kind of technology our customers are looking for to best meet their customer’s needs and stand out in the decking marketplace.”
The MoistureShield product line features Vision® capped composite decking with a modern, variegated appearance and the exclusive DiamondDefense capped surface. MoistureShield also features its unique CoolDeck technology, for select products, which reduces deck board surface temperatures by up to 35%. Other products include Infuse® decking, a realistic wood-grain finish and ability to withstand total submersion in water; and Vantage®, an uncapped composite with the workability of wood. All MoistureShield decking features the Solid Core Difference™ for advanced strength and moisture resistance.
“We are excited to partner with Cardinal Building Products to help grow our deck offerings in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Todd Braun, Vice President of Sales for MoistureShield, a division of Oldcastle APG. “Cardinal is strategically positioned to help us continue to expand our offerings in this region, and they have the decking knowledge to help grow the brand.”
MoistureShield composite decking and railing is manufactured from 95 percent recycled content and can be installed directly on the ground, in the ground or under water. The line is backed by an industry-leading warranty against decay, rot and termite damage. Learn more at www.MoistureShield.com.
About Oldcastle APG
Oldcastle APG, North America’s largest manufacturer of Outdoor Living Products, is part of CRH’s Building Products division. CRH is a leading global diversified building materials group with operating locations in 32 countries worldwide. MoistureShield, a division of Oldcastle APG, proudly manufactures composite deck boards and related products serving a range of retail and distribution customers across North America and several international markets. The development of new technologies and patents has enabled MoistureShield to manufacture superior composite products from recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastic.
About Cardinal Building Products:
Cardinal Building Products is the premier choice for Mid-Atlantic specialty building product needs. The company has nearly one million square feet of vinyl, composite and polyethylene decking on site, and also offers vinyl and aluminum railing to complete any residential or commercial deck. They can easily deliver truckloads or skid lots of material to your store or commercial job site. https://www.cardinalbuildingproducts.com
Pleasanton, Calif. — Simpson Strong-Tie, the leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, today announced a comprehensive update to its online deck resource center in conjunction with Deck Safety Month.
Presented each May by the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), Deck Safety Month is dedicated to raising deck safety awareness for contractors and homeowners. According to NADRA, of the 50 million decks in the US alone, it’s estimated that 25 million currently need to be replaced or repaired.
In addition to Deck Safety Month resources available at nadra.org, the Simpson Strong-Tie® Deck Center is an online resource that provides deck builders and consumers with in-depth deck safety information, an idea and inspiration page for building safe decks, as well as a selection of videos, online and in-person training opportunities, literature, and industry tips for safe deck construction.
With most wood decks expected to last only 10 to 15 years, contractors and homeowners can also explore the 5 Warning Signs of an Unsafe Deck. Rotting wood, missing hardware, and other hazards can all contribute to unsafe conditions, and Deck Safety Month presents an ideal opportunity to conduct simple deck inspections that can head off problems before failures occur.
Visitors to the Simpson Strong-Tie Deck Center can also get installation details and feature and benefit information for a wide range of deck connectors, fasteners and construction solutions offered by Simpson Strong-Tie, including the complete line of Outdoor Accents®decorative hardware.