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American Wood Council
AWC Building Code Experts

On behalf of the industry it represents, AWC is committed to ensuring a resilient, safe, and sustainable built environment. To achieve these objectives, AWC contributes to the development of sound public policies, codes, and regulations which allow for the appropriate and responsible manufacture and use of wood products. We support the utilization of wood products by developing and disseminating consensus standards, comprehensive technical guidelines, and tools for wood design and construction, as well as providing education regarding their application.

Building Codes and Standards staff

Code Conforming Wood Design Publications and Calculator

Allowable Heights and Areas Calculator.

AWC has developed an allowable heights and areas calculator with comprehensive Help file that demonstrates the degree of freedom allowed in wood construction by providing a general summary of allowable wood uses, including building height and area requirements.

AWC has also developed free downloadable documents on wood design in accordance with the International Building Code.
Code Adoption Map

AWC has compiled a map illustrating which versions of the International Codes are applicable in each state. This map shows states that have adopted the IBC at a statewide, local, or limited level, and specifies the edition of the code currently being enforced in the state.

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Tall Mass Timber

Tall mass timber is an industry term to identify mass timber buildings that exceed the height limit for wood buildings set by the current International Building Code.

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Fire and Other Issues

AWC has developed documents for fire design and design of post-frame buildings. Access these free downloadable documents.

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1101 K Street NW, Suite 700
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Publications Fax: 412-741-0609
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Education: education@awc.org
Fire: fire@awc.org
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