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...
Renewing Our Commitment to Sustainability
Wood is the go-to material for builders in the U.S., where we have some of the highest construction standards in the world. Why? It’s easy to build with, strong, safe, and renewable. It’s also the right material for our planet since wood allows for a smaller carbon footprint than...
Working with Building Code Officials
Building code officials are our security for ensuring safe building construction and they need to know a lot of information. The American Wood Council (AWC) aims to make the job of building code official a little easier when it comes to knowing about wood products and the latest wood-related...
Construction Referees: Evaluation Processes for Alternative Building Products
There are products used in many buildings that are not referenced by the codes or standards. These products can affect structural strength, stability, fire resistance and other building performance attributes, which can impact public safety, health and general welfare. The International Building...
Mass Timber Making Progress
The International Code Council (ICC) reviews and updates its family of building codes on a three-year cycle. The code change proposals that will be considered this year affect the fire provisions of the building (IBC) and fire (IFC) codes, and they have been publicly posted. These changes, if...