NFBA develops post-frame nomenclature standards

Dr. David Bohnoff

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has announced the completion of a new post-frame standard, ANSI/ASABE S618, Post-Frame Building System Nomenclature, which establishes standard terminology for use in the design, construction, marketing and regulation of post-frame buildings.
 
The process of writing ANSI/ASAE 618 and marshalling it through the review process was driven by NFBA T&R Committee member Dave Bohnhoff, professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Fellow T&R Committee members contributed significantly to the review of this important document.
 
ANSI/ASAE 618 helps significantly to define post-frame building systems and provides security against inappropriate application of post-frame building terminology by individuals involved in code development and specification writing. It complements existing ASABE standards and brings consistency to NFBA and ASABE publications, particularly those that are currently referenced in building codes.
 
This standard includes nomenclature for all primary frame components, secondary framing components, diaphragm and shear wall elements, and foundation types.
 
John Hill, President of Lester Building Systems and Chair of NFBA, remarked, "The need to develop standard nomenclature for our industry became necessary because post-frame construction has grown and evolved in recent years. Local and regional nomenclature had become inconsistent in describing the components and elements of a post-frame building. In order to support the continued growth of our industry, we felt it was vital to standardize industry terminology. Dr. Bohnhoff’s tremendous work in developing ANSI/ASABE S618 marks a very important industry milestone."
 
Dave Bohnhoff is a professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

According to Dave Bohnhoff, "Without doubt, ANSI/ASABE S618 is among the most complete and technically consistent nomenclature documents in existence for a particular building system. We put considerable time and effort into refining the 139 definitions appearing in the new standard, taking great care to make sure terminology was consistent with definitions appearing in other national standards, such as the National Design Specifications for Wood Construction, and with verbiage routinely published or otherwise well-entrenched in the design community by other major national organizations."

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