NJ Chapter Deck For a Soldier in Brick Township Update:
NADRA NJ Deck for a Soldier Committee Member
The lateral load anchor provisions that came into the 2009 IRC have had a dramatic affect on the decking industry.
Born from a fear of band joists being ripped from homes by the decks they support, a best guess to bypass the band joist altogether came into the code. Though only “permitted” it is often required.
New testing from Washington State University dismantles the fear and shows the strength of a lag-screw connected ledger…without the extra metal.
NADRA has been diligently representing and supporting the decking industry in the code development process. Now, in 2013, the 2015 IRC is being created, and NADRA took the opportunity to get these research results included in the discussion. NADRA’s work can be reviewed HERE
This video explains how the anchor provisions came to be, how they’ve affect the industry and the truth revealed in the recent research. Please click the image to watch the video:
August 21, 2013 – Glenn Mathewson, NADRA Technical Advisor
How many hold-down anchors does it take to build a deck?
The development of the 2015 IRC is halfway through, and there’s likely going to be some new regulations for the construction industry to adjust to. For the decking industry, there’s lobbying working to create new building codes around specific product lines. We’ve already seen the costly results of including “permitted” details in the code depicting specific products. The lateral load anchor detail, that was published this way in the 2009 IRC, is quickly read as “required” by many building departments. Now, as new research is revealing that ledgers fair quite well without lateral anchors, there is a proposal seeking to “permit” the use of anchors on every guard post in the 2015 IRC. Will history be repeated and this also be read as “required”?
Proposals like this risk turning a standards document into something that looks more like a product catalog. More importantly, this lobbying, if successful, adds significant time and cost to deck installations in an increasingly competitive industry, while at the same time limiting design options and architectural freedom.
There’s a lot on the table this year in the development of the 2015 IRC. NADRA has submitted a public comment modification that reveals new information about ledger connection performance and seeks to remove the 1500 lb. lateral-load anchor detail from the IRC. At the same time, NADRA is fighting against proposal 268 that seeks to include new requirements for guard construction, complete with pictures of specific hardware.
LATERAL LOAD REQUIREMENTS-RB263
Proposal 263 seeks to include an exception to the lateral-load anchor for decks that are less than 30” above grade. While sensible, an exception to something merely “permitted” does not make much sense, and implies that what is permitted is actually required.
With new and exciting test results from Washington State University, NADRA’s public comment to RB263 attempts to remove the lateral-load anchor not only for low-level decks, but completely from the IRC. It turns out…people can only generate so much lateral load, and lag screwed ledgers can resist a whole lot more…four times more, and the test was stopped before the ledger ever failed. With a force four times greater than humans could generate, deflecting the deck 17 inches to the side, ripping the joists down the center…the ledger with nothing but lag screws held. The rim joist in the house held. The necessity of a 1500 lb. anchor clearly serves questionable value.
Does this detail belong as a minimum standard of deck construction now that the performance of a lag-screwed deck ledger is known to be quite sufficient?
Read Full Article HERE
See RB 268 details HERE
GIVING VOICE TO NADRA MEMBERS
If the issues of increased costs, inflexible design, and heavy-handed industry regulation with no material benefit matters to you, consider joining me at the code hearing in Atlantic City NJ on October 3 and 4th. Your presence, your voice, your attention and your passion will make a difference…after all…it is YOUR industry. Stand up and fight for it, but don’t do it alone. If you want to know more or get more involved, please contact me at email@example.com. Together we can bring truth and insight to the development of the building codes.
Code Update , By Glenn Mathewson
“NADRA has submitted public comments for the Public Comment Hearing (formally the Final Action Hearing). Links to public comments are posted below. As always, NADRA welcomes feedback from our members.”
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May 9th, 2013 was a memorable day for the MN NADRA Chapter. Representatives from every sector of the Minnesota Deck and Rail industry were on hand to support NADRA’s effort to further develop its industry leading CPAC program (Consumer Protection Awareness Charter).
Engaging speakers gave viable, educational information that sparked many valuable conversations for attendees. Presentations were then followed up by tours of Element’s St. Paul facilities, including live testing demonstrations.
Third-Party testing experts were on hand to share their knowledge in the areas of corrosion, environmental, flexural, mechanical and live load testing. Code officials from several local jurisdictions and a representative from the ICC-ES were present to answer questions concerning codes or product evaluation. Product manufactures, lumberyards, distributors and local deck builders were all present to discuss industry issues and learn more of the NADRA CPAC program.
The common message thread; Quality and Approved Tested Products are a must! Whether it is ICC-ES, CCRR or ASTM tested products; all were in agreement, that the world of product testing is convoluted and there is a need for industry standardization.
Please contact NADRA EVP, Michael Beaudry to join the NADRA CPAC effort by emailing Info@NADRA.org
A special thank you to the following MN NADRA contributors:
Recap of 2013 Group B Committee Action Hearing (Dallas, TX)
Last week the IRC code hearings were held in Dallas, TX. NADRA’s Technical Advisor, Glenn Mathewson represented the association on numerous proposals. This work is just beginning & your support is NEEDED on key issues that WILL effect your businesses and will effect this industry. Your support is encouraged so these efforts can continue on behalf of the membership and industry the association serves. NADRA Headquarters and the entire board would like to personally thank Glenn Mathewson for his time and efforts at these hearings.
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Two weeks ago the code proposals for the creation of the 2015 IRC were posted for public review, and NADRA quickly made our industry aware. There are a lot of them to review. In building codes alone there were 1132 pages of proposals.
I have read and skimmed through all these pages and found the proposals related in some way to our industry. These proposal numbers and a brief explanation can be read HERE
There’s some good stuff, some questionable stuff and some…other stuff proposed. I will be at the hearings in Dallas at the end of April representing NADRA and our industry…so let NADRA know what you think. Here are some highlights of what may be ready and waiting for you in the future. I know 2015 is years away…but the decisions are being made now.
RB61 suggests adding various deflection limitations for guards. This is a tough one. Manufactured guard assemblies are already tested to these limits, so it’s generally business-as-usual. It’s the custom built guards that take the hit. How will the inspector verify these limits? How will you know your standard cedar guardrail meets these limits? Speaking of deflection, RB61 proposes to nail down a deflection limit of L/360 for decks. Is that too much for a deck with no ceiling below? Take a look and see what you think of the proposed deflection limits, but give a long read to RB268 as well. Among many other requirements, take a look at how it could affect your guard design and construction. Do these ideas work for you, or could they be refined?
The lateral load tension device provision that is neither required nor validated will get more involved if RB260, RB261, RB262 and RB263 are approved. Should this flawed code provision get further complicated and accepted through new exceptions to what is not even a rule… Should more lateral load methods, based on loads that are yet to be understood, be printed in the ever-growing IRC? Research on lateral live loads has occurred and more sound and validated standards will be produced in the future. Will it be a greater uphill struggle to this goal if this section is made more complicated now?
“Fire separation distance” is the IRC’s version of “setbacks”. Decks have long been ignored in the IRC in regard to how close to property lines they can be built. RB74 and RB75 would end this, and decks and stairs would simply be prohibited from being any closer than 5 feet from the lot line. Should there be an exception for decks under a certain height? RB66 also proposes new fire separation ideas for decks, but they’re less restrictive. Should we interject our experiences and opinions on this topic?
The 2009 and 2012 IRC effectively killed built-in seating at guards with the requirement to measure the minimum 36-inch guard height from the seat. RB145 proposes to eliminate that requirement and bring back some architectural freedom to guard design. How does that one sound to you? Should it get NADRA support? What about eliminating blocking over cantilevers 2 feet or less, as described in RB247. That might help in installing some deck drainage systems.
Well, there’s a start to understanding what’s on the table for the IRC, and I hope it’s caught your interest. There are more than just those. Proposals can be modified during the whole process, so proposals that may have flaws, can be built upon and corrected. As the voice of the decking industry, we have a chance to help build on these proposals and take a hold of the future of our industry.
Please send your feedback to Info@NADRA.org
The time has come again for us to be a part of our future…for you to be a part of your future. The International Code Council released the proposed changes to the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) on March 11th. The ideas contained in these proposals come from professionals and non-professionals from all corners of the construction industry and from all over the nation and result in the 2015 IRC. Now is the time for the decking industry to review these ideas and see how they affect our industry, both positive and negative.
In only a handful of weeks, I will be in Dallas at the ICC Committee action hearings representing NADRA to speak in opposition or support for any proposals that affect our industry. The hearings run from April 20th to 31st, where over 2,000 individual proposed changes will be discussed.
The decisions made from now until this Fall will be those that determine what code will be published in 2015 and what you will be working under in 2016 and beyond. NADRA needs your help reviewing these proposals to determine which ones matter to us and our opinion of them. Please follow the link found HERE to ICC’s website and choose a PDF to download and begin reviewing. Please keep us informed of your efforts and opinions in the next few weeks, as official NADRA positions on proposals need to be determined well before the hearings. We need your opinions to know our position. Now is the time, and there’s not much of it.
On behalf of the NADRA leadership and membership and most certainly on behalf of myself, I look forward to working together to create our future.
NADRA Technical Advisor