Flame Spread and Code Conformance Guides for Wood Updated
The work the American Wood Council (AWC) carries out makes it easier for code officials, engineers, designers, and builders to ensure that wood products are used in accordance with the most up-to-date consensus-based building codes. Two AWC publications that support the code and design community...
AWC Celebrates Building Safety Month
With environmental sustainability becoming the focal point of national discourse, and extreme weather intensifying and occurring more frequently, our buildings need to be sustainable and resilient to mitigate damage to both the built environment and surrounding ecosystem. Researchers are...
All Things Wood:
IBC Balcony Changes Spur “Best Practice” Design Recommendations
Because of their limited structural redundancy and exposure to weather, cantilevered balconies require special attention by design professionals, contractors, permitting and inspection departments, and owners in-service. As shown in the photos, modern wood-framed, multi-family projects often...
New Report Available on Sound Transmission of Wood-Framed Assemblies
The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new report on sound transmission, “Technical Report 15 (TR15), Calculation of Sound Transmission Parameters for Wood-Framed Assemblies.”
This first version of TR15 is applicable to wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies. A free pdf copy...
Errors in Substituting Dead Load for Live Load in Wood Design
Custom kitchens, with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and central islands, are becoming more and more prevalent in the home market today. These products and finishes are heavy and the dead loads from the central islands and/or cabinets positioned along interior...
Now’s the Time to Promote Safe, Sustainable Construction
October is a busy time for the wood products industry. There are not one but three weeks dedicated to national observances important to the safe built environment.
Sunday, Oct. 7 – Saturday, Oct. 13: National Fire Prevention Week
The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire...
Updated Report Helps Engineers, Designers Calculate Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies
Increasing use of mass timber as a competitive building product in the construction marketplace requires sound design guidelines to ensure safe, efficient, and economic use of wood products. AWC fire research on mass timber conducted over the last year, with support from the Softwood Lumber...
Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls
My wife made furniture shopping a family event last weekend, which meant I had to go. The showroom was in a concrete tilt-up with open-web steel joists and a wood roof. My oldest son asked me who decides what construction materials are used, and why. He’s starting college in the fall and...
American Wood Council - Questions? We Have Answers
One of the mandates of the American Wood Council is to make the job of code officials, engineers, and designers easier.
To do this, we provide the technology that is needed to best understand the use of wood in construction. For example, we develop wood design standards to ensure the...
What is a Building Designer?
Generally, building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering, and technical applications to the design of buildings. Therefore, all building projects require the services of a building designer. Statutorily, the required credentials of a building’s designer vary from...