The International Residential Code and the International Building Code require the use of graded structural lumber, but the state of New York has decided that's not practical or affordable in rural upstate areas. Ungraded lumber produced on small woodlots and processed at small mills will be permitted when New York publishes the next version of its building codes, a boost for small mill owners who don't have the money to pay for grading by a big agency. The New York Farm Bureau praised the decision, noting that an exemption provides an important local market for smaller forest tracts. "There are many remote areas in New York state that are far from retail outlets and there is no qualified inspection agency within hundreds of miles so it is extremely difficult for rough cut lumber to be graded professionally," the bureau said. Read More