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  • Leading Fire Prevention and Code Organizations Partner to Improve Fire Safety

    Oct 06, 2017
    LEESBURG, VA. – In advance of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, leading fire prevention and code organizations announce the formation of a Construction Fire Safety Coalition dedicated to reducing the occurrence of fires in buildings under construction, alteration, or demolition. The Coalition has been created in collaboration with the American Wood Council (AWC); Davidson Code Concepts, LLC; FireForceOne; International Code Council (ICC); National Association of Home Builders; National Association of State Fire Marshals; National Fire Sprinkler Association; and a representative of the Cambridge, Mass. Fire Department, in response to recent fires in Massachusetts, California and New Jersey.
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  • AWC, WoodWorks release updated Heights & Areas Calculator

    Oct 02, 2017
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and WoodWorks have released the public beta version of an updated app to calculate maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occupancy classifications and types of construction. The Heights & Areas Calculator is based on the provisions in the 2015 and earlier editions of the International Building Code (IBC).
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  • Fire testing completed on full-scale mass timber building

    Jul 13, 2017
    Five full-scale mass timber fire tests in a multi-story apartment building have been completed with promising results.
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  • Energy code provisions in House bill enhance product neutrality

    May 08, 2017
    WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) Vice President, Government Affairs Andrew Dodson issued the following statement regarding the introduction of H.R. 2361 by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Kurt Schrader (OR). The bill encourages product neutrality in building energy codes and defines the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) as a technical advisor in the development of model energy codes and subsequent state adoption.
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  • Product-promoting legislation fails in Maryland

    Apr 11, 2017
    WASHINGTON – The Maryland State Legislature adjourned today for the year without taking action on House Bill 1311 or Senate Bill 722, which intended to prohibit multifamily dwellings above three stories from being constructed using wood-frame construction. American Wood Council (AWC) Northeast Regional Manager Matt Hunter, BCO, along with numerous representatives from building owners, architecture, development, and engineering, testified in opposition of both bills.
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  • AWC: Maryland bills circumvent work of architects, engineers, building and fire officials

    Mar 15, 2017
    WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) Northeast Regional Manager Matt Hunter, BCO, along with numerous representatives from building owners, architecture, development, and engineering, all testified yesterday in opposition of Maryland House Bill 1311. The bill would prohibit a multifamily dwelling from being constructed using wood-frame construction in jurisdictions exceeding a specified population density. The legislation is a companion to Senate Bill 722.
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  • AWC: Building code process works

    Feb 21, 2017
    WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) Northeast Regional Manager Matt Hunter, BCO, along with numerous representatives from building owners, architecture, development, and engineering, all testified today in opposition of Maryland Senate Bill 722. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Joan Carter Conway, would prohibit a multifamily dwelling from being constructed using wood-frame construction in municipal jurisdictions exceeding a specified population density.
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  • 2018 IBC and IEBC balcony code changes adopted in CA

    Feb 06, 2017
    SACRAMENTO – The California Building Standards Commission has voted to approve emergency regulations enhancing the California Building Code (CBC) balcony and walking surface construction requirements. The American Wood Council (AWC) was a proponent of similar balcony code change proposals recently approved for publication in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and Existing Building Code (IEBC).
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