PLIB provides on-demand inspections for lumber grading and ISPM 15 wood packaging.
There are two types of on-demand lumber grade inspections:
- Grade stamp / Certificate of Inspection and
- Material-In-Structure inspection.
Lumber that is not installed in a structure can be inspected on-site at any location using our Grade Stamp / Certificate of Inspection on-demand inspection service. Our inspectors will inspect and determine the grade of each piece of lumber according to the applicable grade rules. Each piece will be grade stamped or, if the lumber is going to be exposed and the appearance of a stamp would be detrimental, a Certificate of Inspection will be issued that will list the grade(s) and tally.
Lumber that is already installed in a structure cannot be grade stamped or certified according to the regulations of our accrediting bodies because not all surfaces and ends are visible. In such cases, our inspectors will inspect the installed lumber and a report will be issued that will identify the grade quality of the lumber. Typically these reports are provided to building code officials, architects, and engineers to assist them in making decisions on the suitability of the lumber for the project. We recommend checking with your building department to confirm they accept “material-in-structure” reports.
ISPM 15 Wood Packaging
On-demand inspections for ISPM 15 wood-packaging require advance planning and discussion with PLIB prior to the inspection so that the right lumber can be purchased and used in the wood packaging and the correct documentation is available. For these reasons, we ask that you contact us prior to making the packaging so that our inspection staff can guide you through the process. At the final inspection, PLIB inspectors will review your documentation, verify the lumber components are properly stamped and apply the IPPC mark to all conforming wood packaging.