Chapter news (November 2008)

The Atlantic Northeast Chapter of the National Frame Building Association held its annual golf outing and educational meeting September 24-25 in Grantville, Pa.

Twenty-six golfers competed for various prizes at the Manada Golf Club in Grantville. Featured contests included “closest to the pin” and “longest drive.”  Obviously our group needs to “keep our day jobs” as demonstrated on one of the “closest to the pin” holes, when not one golfer hit the green!

All joking aside, the golf outing gave all of us a great opportunity to network with others in our industry in a more informal setting.

Special thanks goes to our eight hole sponsors for their support of this event: Atlas Fasteners, Cannonball:HNP, Fabral, Insulation Solutions, National Barn Co., Perma-Column East, Therm-All Inc., Timber Tech Engineering

The educational meeting began with a presentation on “Challenges of Code Compliance with Commercial Equine and Ag Buildings.” NFBA Technical Advisor Harvey Manbeck provided an overview of pertinent building codes, as an introduction to related code issues.

The group discussed the importance of the issue and how it relates to post-frame construction and the Northeast Chapter.  Chapter members considered code strategies pursued on similar issues in other states, and considered alternative strategies with input from the Department of Agriculture, the Equine Association and other groups.

The meeting continued with a focus on Code Official Training.  Chapter leadership outlined their vision for providing training on post-frame construction to building inspectors, based on information gathered from other groups. They outlined the proposed plan of attack and discussion ensued on how the initiative could be most successful.

Now that the chapter has its vision somewhat established, look for more details to follow on how it will begin to initiate a plan to have the most impact for us.  Thanks to all who participated in our fall meeting for contributing to the continued success of our industry. 

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