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 Releases New Acoustics App

Jul 15, 2020

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new mobile app to calculate sound transmission based on the “Technical Report 15 (TR 15), Calculation of Sound Transmission Parameters for Wood-Framed Assemblies.”

The 2018 International Building Code provides two parameters to establish minimum acoustical requirements: Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Impact Insulation Class (IIC). Compliance with these requirements may be demonstrated either through testing or through engineering analysis based on empirical test data from other similar assemblies. The Acoustics App uses the AWC empirical model, based on empirical test data, to estimate STC and IIC values which can be used to demonstrate compliance of wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies with these code-regulated sound transmission parameters. 

“We released the TR 15 to simplify how wood-framed floor-ceiling assemblies can comply with the acoustical requirements. We’ve now taken it a step further by developing this free app,” said AWC Vice President of Engineering Brad Douglas. “It is now even easier for code officials and designers to determine what wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies can comply with code-specified acoustical requirements.”

The free Acoustic Calculator app is available in the AndroidiOS and Windows app stores.

AWC also offers an eCourse that covers the basis for the calculation-based analysis approach, which is accredited by the International Code Council and approved by the American Institute of Architects for continuing education credits. The free eCourse is available here.