NLGA Standard Grading Rules For Canadian Lumber
Current Edition – December 2022
Supersedes all previous Editions, Revisions and Supplements
Many of the GR revisions were editorial and/or related to formatting including:
- Edits to clarify text and added references to applicable Interpretations.
- Titles added to all Paragraph numbers and sub-paragraphs consecutively renumbered.
- Tables reformatted and diagrams updated and harmonized.
In addition, the following amendments were made:
- Updates to the NGR paragraphs and NGR Interpretations as per the 2018 NGR edition.
- Ratified responses incorporated into the GR and Interpretations as per the Rat Response TG recommendations.
- New Para. 128a and NLGA Interpretation 2.7.4 with reference to MSR residual lumber.
- Norway spruce updates as per the 2017 NLGA GR – Supplement No. 1
- Inclusion of Supplements Nos. 2 to 5 published since 2017
- Updates to the EU Annex
Current Edition – August 2017
This version has been superseded by the December 2022 edition.
This edition incorporates revisions to the species and species groups covered by the NLGA Grading Rules.
2017 Edition Supplements
The following Supplements to the NLGA Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber (2017 edition) were issued on March 1, 2019. Please click on the applicable link for a PDF copy.
Supplement No. 1: add Canadian-grown Norway spruce (Paras. 7, 7a, 7b, 905i, 905j, 905l)
Supplement No. 1 to NLGA Grading Rules (2017 edition) – March 2019
Supplement No. 2: update Machine Graded Lumber provisions (Paras. 128, 128a, 128b)
Supplement No. 2 to NLGA Grading Rules (2017 edition) – March 2019
Supplement No. 3: revise NGR Glossary (Para. 700) and NGR Interpretations
Supplement No. 3 to NLGA Grading Rules (2017 edition) – March 2019
Supplement No. 4: update EU Annex provisions
Supplement No. 4 to NLGA Grading Rules (2017 edition) – March 2019
January 2014 Edition
This version has been superseded by the August 2017 edition. The 2014 revision primarily incorporated changes to the knot and slope of grain grading rules for Beams & Stringers and Posts & Timbers as well as including the errata and other supplements from the December 2010 edition.
December 2010 Edition
This version has been superseded by the August 2017 edition. Listed below are the errata and supplements issued for the December 2010 edition. These errata and supplements are provided for archival information only.
- SPS 1 – Fingerjoined Structural Lumber – current edition March 2023
- SPS 2 – Machine Graded Lumber – current edition April 2019
- SPS 3 – Fingerjoined “Vertical Stud Use Only” Lumber – current edition March 2023
- SPS 4 – Fingerjoined Machine Graded Lumber – current edition November 2014
- SPS 5 – Face-Glued Lumber – Vertical Use Only – current edition November 2015
- SPS 6 – Structural Face-Glued Lumber – current edition November 2015