Code Corner: New Year, New Code Developments
Happy new year! A new year brings new developments on the Building Code front. A summary of relevant code activities follows.
With the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, the ICC Code Development Cycle for the 2021 I-Codes moves into its second year. The Group A cycle online...
Looking Back at 2018 and 2019 Outlook
As 2018 draws to a close, the American Wood Council (AWC) looks back on what has been a very successful year for wood industry markets. Both federally and in the states, the opportunity for wood products has been greatly expanded, building codes have been very successfully updated to account for...
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...
Questions Answered: Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls
In this article, Paul McEntee follows up on our July 25 webinar, Making Wood Connections Work for Two-Hour Fire Walls, by answering some of the interesting questions raised by attendees.
We presented an hour-long webinar recently about using fire wall hangers in Type III wood-frame buildings,...
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...
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...
Fire Testing Completed on Full-Scale Mass Timber Building
Five full-scale mass timber fire tests in a multi-story apartment building have been completed with promising results.
The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings provided the five fire scenarios that were tested in each of the two one-bedroom apartments constructed...
Making Code Official Connections
Building officials are the gatekeepers to building construction. To approve any construction, including where wood is the principal product, they need to know a lot of information. The American Wood Council aims to make the job of building code official a little easier when it comes to knowing...
Treated Lumber and Trusses (and the One Condition Under Which MPC Wood Trusses Shouldn’t Be Used)
What do a chicken house, a water treatment plant and a raised wood floor system all have in common? Very likely, they all involve preservative-treated lumber. They’re also all examples of common environments in which preservative-treated, metal-plate-connected (MPC) wood trusses may be...
Fire Safety for the Holiday Season and Year ‘Round
The winter season is upon us, and families across the country are decorating their homes for holiday festivities. Unfortunately, this time of year is also marked by an increase in fires – with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reporting the highest occurrence of candle and...