Engineers, architects and code officials: Check out this unparalleled opportunity from American Wood Council to support a global effort advancing the most preferred renewable and sustainable building material. As a Regional Manager, Codes and Standards, you can help ensure buildings are safe by contributing to the development of sound building codes, standards, and regulations, and by educating and informing code officials and design professionals. Click here for more information.
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The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides over 450,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.
U.S. wood products companies are under pressure from the economy, environmental regulation, and competing materials. In the face of these challenges, no single company can achieve the changes necessary to ensure a level playing field and survival. Now, more than ever, strength is found in numbers.
The American Wood Council (AWC) provides an organizational structure for wood products companies and associations to work together on building codes and standards, green building policy issues, and a focused set of environmental regulations. Working together, the industry can have the resources, clout, and credibility to achieve policies that can secure a strong future for the wood products industry.
AWC members are very proud of their record of mill safety, energy management and efficiency, and protection of the environment while producing products that are central to the lives and homes of all Americans.
This Industry Progress Report, our fourth, shows that there have been significant improvements over the last decade in these areas, despite the economic downturn that caused a drop in wood products manufacturing beginning in early 2006. Some of the metrics have leveled off in the last few years reflecting a stabilization of performance and maturing of the regulatory regime after an earlier period of intense change. The Report also provides some economic and employment data for the last decade. Many factors influence individual parameters so it is important to look at longer term trends rather than changes between years.
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