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American Wood Council
Design for Code Acceptance Series
Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) documents are intended to support product acceptance for regulatory purposes. 
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Construction Fire Safety Practices

The Construction Fire Safety Practices website was developed by a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council and Fireforceone. It has been assembled to improve upon fire safety in buildings under construction. 


Wood Dust Consultants Directory

To assist wood products companies in identifying consultants that provide services on combustible dust, AWC has assembled a directory of Wood Dust Consultants


Partial Sprinklering

Guide for partial sprinklering of unfinished basement areas 
This guide is intended to aid in the design and installation of partial sprinkler protection in unfinished basement areas permitted in the 2012 International Residential Code R501.3, Exception 1.

Mass Timber Fire Testing

ATF Fire Tests

A team of fire experts from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) working alongside scientists from the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory put identically furnished, multistory, one-bedroom apartments constructed of exposed, partially exposed, and unexposed (protected) five-ply cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a series of rigorously monitored fire tests.

Learn more about these tests in support of tall wood buildings.

Firefighter Resources

The Woodaware website provides awareness level information to the fire service on traditional and modern wood products used in residential construction. A Pictorial Guide provides a walk-through of modern wood construction and products.

Fire Safety Facts

Get the Facts on Wood Multifamily Construction & Fire Safety

Some in the design community have been contacted with a "report" that includes inaccurate claims about wood. While its bias toward competitive materials and goal of attacking wood is clear, it has nevertheless generated questions and requests for clarification. We correct the inaccurate competitive claims here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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