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Township Demanding use of Hem-Fir#2 or better

Posted by John Giuliani on September 17th, 2002 09:36 AM

I recently was awarded a bid to supply a homeowner/architect
EPS wall panels manufactured in Canada for an addition to his
home. When the builder went to get a building permit, he was
informed that the panels could not be used because they were
not made out of Hem-Fir #2 or better. The township has a
specific ordinance stating all houses will be framed using #2
Hem-Fir. No Spuce or Pine or anything with a S-P-F stamp. The
panels incorporate 2x6 I-joist instead of 2x6 studs, and have EPS
foam profiled to fit inbetween. The manufacturer has presented
documentation stating that the I-joist use #1 Pine with 16% or
less moisture content. This is actually superior to Hem-Fir and
should be permitted. I am currnetly getting a structural engineer
to review the plans and seal it. Has anyone else run in to this
type of thing. I am located in Eastern Pa. outside of Phila.

Nascor Building Systems of Pa

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