News & Events
March 20, 2017
84 Lumber® Introduces Ecolife™ for Above Ground Treated Wood
84 Lumber® Co., one of the nation’s leading lumber dealers, is now selling Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood for above ground applications in decks, fencing and similar projects. Ecolife™ integrates a wood preservative with a built-in stabilizer that keep boards straighter and resists twisting, warping, cracking and checking.
Ecolife™ is fully compliant with American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards and International Building Code (IBC®) and International Residential Code (IRC®) codes for most deck projects. Viance™, the producer of Ecolife™, offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty on above ground preservative treatment, which includes wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams.
For common deck applications, Ecolife™ is a more cost-effective option when compared to products treated for ground contact use, and is still the best option for outdoor projects when used appropriately.
Deck builders, code enforcement officials and homeowners can learn more about Ecolife™ and Code Compliant above ground treated wood at www.treatedwood.com/options. Contact your local 84 Lumber® store for Ecolife™ availability.
November 30, 2016
Above Ground Treated Wood Warranties- Clarification and Enhancements
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 1, 2016) – Viance LLC, a leading and innovative manufacturer of advanced wood protection technologies, has clarified and enhanced its existing Lifetime Limited warranties for residential preservatives, to highlight the acceptable use of Above Ground treated wood products. Recent changes to the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards have led to the misconception that all deck framing, including joist and beams, must be treated to Ground Contact retentions; this simply isn’t true. The AWPA standards do not require all joists and beams to be treated to Ground Contact (UC4A) retentions, and Above Ground treated wood (UC3B) remains IBC and IRC code compliant for common deck framing applications.
New warranty enhancements include slight variations of the following statement:
Viance warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams.
“The additional language on our warranty demonstrates the confidence that Viance has in the AWPA, and its standards setting process for treated wood” says Tim Schrader, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The recent modifications to the standards language has created confusion in the marketplace with builders, retailers and code officials. Our warranty coverage and warranty exclusions generally have not changed for some time and we strongly believe that wood treated to the AWPA’s Above Ground (UC3B) standard and used appropriately, will perform.”
Mr. Schrader continues, “As long-time supporters and sponsors of the AWPA, we accept the consensus decisions its member-committees reach when setting standards. Although the adoption of language that references difficulty of maintenance / repair / replacement of critical components in some AWPA standards has been misinterpreted and created confusion, the changes should not have any bearing on the performance expectations and/or warrantability of a product. These enhancements to our warranties clarify our general industry position; Above Ground treated wood, treated to AWPA standards and used properly, should meet customer safety and performance expectations without the need to introduce excessive amounts of chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily.”
November 2, 2016
NEWSnote published by the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA)
Treated Wood Infographic Finalized
With a recent approval from the AWPA Executive Committee, the final edition of a helpful infographic has been developed by the Softwood Lumber Board’s Wood, Naturally residential campaign; click here to download it. Using the schematic of a basic residential property, the full-page graphic identifies treated wood uses around the home and specifies the proper Use Category for each application.
This single sheet aims to visually simplify the correct specification of treated lumber, and could be a very helpful sales aid for lumber dealers as well as for homeowners about to tackle an outdoor project. Treaters can use this sheet to educate their customers, too. SFPA is using this new infographic as an additional resource on its websites.
July 21, 2016
D-Blaze® Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) Earns GREENGUARD Gold Certification
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 21, 2016) – Viance LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, has announced that D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is the first pressure-impregnated FRTW to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification.
“With the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, architects and specifiers can be confident in recommending D-Blaze framing lumber and plywood for projects like schools and hospitals,” said Bill Fields, President of Viance. “In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the spread of flames and smoke development caused by fire, D-Blaze now qualifies for The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.”
The GREENGUARD Certification program, part of UL Environment, demonstrates that products have met some of the world’s most comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. The GREENGUARD Gold Certification requires meeting additional criteria and lower VOCs to demonstrate that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. Both CHPS and the LEED Building Rating System reference the certification. GREENGUARD Certified products are recognized, referenced or preferred by more than 450 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools and building codes around the world.
D-Blaze is a fire retardant wood treatment that is impregnated into framing lumber and plywood products by pressure process to reduce combustibility and smoke development, and offers a 50-year limited warranty. D-Blaze FRTW is UL® Classified with an FR-S Rating for a low smoke development and low flame spread index, and is manufactured using a water-based formulation that does not produce harmful off-gassing.
“We strongly believe in the process of comprehensive, third-party certifications as a way to reaffirm our products’ safety and reliability in the market,” said Fields. “Being the first pressure-impregnated fire retardant product to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification is an honor that we hold in high esteem.”
June 24, 2016
Viance LLC Continues to Offer Lifetime Limited Warranty on Above Ground Preservative Treatment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 23, 2016) – Viance LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, will extend the Lifetime Limited Warranty on its preservative treatments, including its Ecolife™ (EL2), Preserve ACQ ® and Preserve CA ® technologies, when used in Above Ground (UC3B) applications. By reaffirming the product’s warranty, Viance aims to mitigate confusion surrounding the proper uses of Above Ground treated wood and reassure customers that the product will perform when used properly for applications such as deck joists, support beams, decking, and railing systems.
"The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) will soon publish the most recent version of its Use Category System standards for preservative treated wood, and various interpretations of the standards have been causing some confusion in the marketplace," said Bill Fields, president of Viance. "Some companies would have you believe that there is a need to switch to all Ground Contact lumber. However, Above Ground treated wood remains code compliant for most common decking applications. This material uses the appropriate amount of preservatives required to ensure performance, without introducing unnecessary levels into the environment."
Some preservative manufacturers have recently announced that they will be adjusting their warranties to limit or exclude the use of products treated for Above Ground applications. Viance will stand behind its preservative treatments by continuing to provide a Lifetime Limited Warranty on its Ecolife™ Above Ground product.
"Our Above Ground preservative treatment has been reviewed by the AWPA to meet stringent standards, and we are confident in its ability to perform when used properly," said Fields. "That’s why we are reaffirming our warranty. We want the industry to know we stand behind the performance of our products with a Lifetime Limited Warranty when used properly for applications such as deck joists, support beams, decking, and railing systems in elevated deck projects."
May 17, 2016
AWPA Reaffirms Efficacy of Above Ground Treatment Standards For Outdoor Uses
Sunbelt Forest Products recently released a statement about the American Wood Protection Association’s (AWPA’s) standards for Above Ground (UC3B) treated wood. The company referenced technical committee guidelines discussed during the AWPA Annual Meeting in May 2016, which reaffirmed the use of UC3B treated wood for applications such as deck joists, support beams, decking, railings, fence pickets and similar outdoor projects in most instances. Read more
April 6, 2016
Check your Deck – Deck Safety Month
NADRA the North American Deck and Railing Association, sponsors deck safety awareness and Deck Safety Month each May. All decks are not created equally, and NADRA offers many resources for consumers to select a qualified deck builder, a 10-point consumer safety checklist to use while inspecting one's deck, and an evaluation form for builders and inspectors to use while evaluating decks.
NADRA’s programs include the promotion of outdoor living in a beautiful and safe environment, and its website includes a wealth of other resources for consumers and deck builders, from consumer construction tips and picture galleries to building code information and local NADRA chapter information aimed at deck-building professionals. Visit www.nadra.org today.
March 16, 2016
Above Ground Treated Lumber Remains Building Code Compliant for Deck Joists and Support Beams
Deck joists and support beams treated to Above Ground retention levels (UC3B) will remain building code compliant when the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) publishes updates to its Use Category System (UCS) in the 2016 Book of Standards later this year.
"The use of subjective language in the latest revisions has created confusion in the marketplace about the standards,” said Bill Fields, President of Viance LLC. Everyone should understand that Above Ground treated wood currently used and sold remains acceptable under the IBC and IRC building codes for the most common deck framing applications.”
While there are certain conditions that require Ground Contact treated material, the AWPA U1 standard will continue to allow Above Ground treated wood to be used for decking, fence pickets, railings, deck accessories, as well as deck joists and support beams.
Viance has always had confidence in the open peer-review, standard-setting process of the AWPA and especially values the 5-year reaffirmation process that helps ensure that material treated to the standards performs as expected. It’s with this confidence that Above Ground treated materials produced to the AWPA standards with Viance’s preservative treatments will continue to be covered under the terms of the Lifetime Limited Warranty, when used appropriately in Above Ground code compliant applications.
All of Viance’s residential preservative systems are recognized under the stringent AWPA standards, which are directly referenced by both the IBC and IRC building codes. To ensure that customers are getting treated lumber materials that are produced under the AWPA standards, look for AWPA U1 and a quality CheckMark on the end tags. Only materials treated to the AWPA standards, and is third party inspected by an ALSC-accredited agency, may use the CheckMark quality indicator.
Retailers, builders, code enforcement officials and homeowners can learn more at www.treatedwood.com/options.
March 1, 2016
AWPA Treated Wood Use Category Update
As you may have heard, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) recently proposed an update to the proprietary Use Category System (AWPA-UCS) for treated wood uses and applications.
What does this mean to you? Preservative wood treated to the current above ground requirements (UC3B) will continue to be IBC and IRC building code compliant, but wood used in certain situations will be required to be treated to ground contact retentions (UC4A).
The proposed changes to the AWPA-UCS above ground standard require the use of wood treated to ground contact (UC4A) retention levels for deck joist and support beam applications in which the components are critical to the performance and safety of the entire structure and are considered difficult to replace. Recognizing that determining a level of difficulty is subjective and can vary greatly depending on the experience/abilities of any deck builder, the use of above ground retentions for these applications will continue to meet IBC and IRC building codes.
With the confidence and proven history of our preservatives that meet AWPA standards, Viance will continue to extend the terms of its residential Lifetime Limited Warranty to deck joists and support beam components that are treated for Above Ground use, are critical to the performance and safety of the entire structure, and used properly. In certain high-decay exposure scenarios, material with UC4A retentions will also be required; i.e. due to climate (tropical), poor ventilation, or actual ground contact or conditions replicating it.
For common deck applications, above ground treated lumber is still one of the best options when used appropriately. Product treated to meet the AWPA standards for above ground use has a history of proven performance while using appropriately less preservative chemical than their ground contact counterpart. This can translate into a more cost-effective option when compared to using material that has all been treated with higher levels of the same preservative chemical for ground contact use.
Not all treated wood is the same, and our Ecolife™ preservative, with its built-in wood stabilizing system, has been specifically designed for above ground use, and as such it has been proven to perform. Ecolife™ treated wood exhibits reduced checking, warping and splitting in service and uses no more chemicals than is absolutely necessary.
For more information about the proposed changes to the AWPA-UCS, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
May 1, 2014
Viance Launches D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood Continuing Education Course for Architects
Viance is proud to sponsor a new online Continuing Education course titled Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) for Commercial and Residential Structures. (Provider: Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.)
This course describes current code requirements and relevant FRTW products and applications that will aid designers and specifiers to better understand this category of products.
Course Number: VIA06B
Course Title: Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
Course Credit: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
Provider: Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.
By completing this course, the design professional will be able to:
1. Describe the fire retardant features of FRT wood, and difference between fire resistance and flame spread
2. List the various types of FRTW and their specific applications
3. Explain what the model building codes require, and how FRTW is specified
4. Describe how FRT wood is manufactured, tested and certified