Amabilis fir (Abies amabilis) is commonly sold and shipped together with western hemlock under the name Hem-Fir (also often referred to as Hem-Bal). Due to its strength, Amabilis fir is used in structural products, with applications throughout residential and commercial construction, including framing, sheathing, sub-flooring, concrete forms, decking, planking, beams, posts, and prefabricated buildings.
Amabilis fir is produced primarily as structural lumber for North America and Japan. In North America structural grades are in accordance with the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) rules for dimension lumber. Select Structural, #2 and better, and stud grades are the most common grades produced for North America, with squares being the most common Japanese product. Specialty in-house grades, lamstock, and export grades such as E-120 in Japan are also marketed.