International Code Council Building Safety Month

Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council


During the month of May, the American Wood Council (AWC) will be celebrating the International Code Council's (ICC) Building Safety Month to raise awareness and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.


Week 1 (May 1-5): Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart
To kick off Building Safety Month, AWC will be covering how to prepare for disasters by building smart and strong. AWC will highlight their reference standards which are state-of-the-art, ensuring wood construction meets the latest recommendations on design loads and gives designers the tools they need. In addition, AWC will be sharing information about our code-referenced consensus standards via social media and our website. You can follow the conversation on Twitter via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Week 2 (May 6-12): Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education
As an ICC Preferred Provider, AWC will be sharing information about our educational materials and courses for wood design and construction best practices as well as construction fire safety practices during week two. You can follow the conversation on Twitter as well as LinkedIn via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Week 5 (May 27-31): Innovations in Building Safety
AWC will be highlighting the role of the ICC code development process and how it successfully paved the way for the acceptance of tall mass timber buildings. The TMT (Tall Mass Timber) code changes are a good example of how the ICC process can work to allow for the introduction of new technologies and building systems. AWC will be sharing content and informational resources, including an infographic and tall wood toolkit on how to effectively navigate the new code changes. You can follow the conversation via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month

AWC Hosts Panel Discussion on Deck Construction

Jun 16, 2020

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) is hosting a free webinar on deck construction in a new panel discussion format. Renowned deck expert Mike Guertin, who has been featured in Professional Deck Builder and Fine Homebuilding, will join AWC’s Matt Hunter, BCO, and Loren Ross, PE, to answer questions from webinar attendees.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 25 at 1:55 p.m. ET. Topics covered will include relevant International Residential Code references, AWC’s Design for Code Acceptance No. 6 (DCA 6) – Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide, and other relevant documents.

“Presenting a webinar as a panel discussion is a new format for AWC and we’re expecting it will prompt a useful and interesting dialogue among our panelists on a broad array of deck-related topics, while providing real-time opportunities for engagement by our learners with the experts,” said AWC Manager of Educational Outreach Lori Koch, who will also moderate the discussion.

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 1.0 hours of continuing education credits and can register for free here. All are encouraged to come prepared with plenty of questions.