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 Conducts Full-Scale CLT Diaphragm Tests

Oct 13, 2020

CLT Diaphragm TestLEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has successfully completed two full-scale cross-laminated timber (CLT) diaphragm tests to provide strength and deformation data important for evaluating CLT diaphragm resistance to lateral wind and earthquake forces. The tests were completed at Weyerhaeuser’s ISO 17025 accredited test facility in Federal Way, Washington.

"This research used full-scale seismic testing to test a CLT diaphragm supported by wood members, in this case glued laminated timber framing,” said AWC Vice President of Engineering Bradford Douglas, P.E. “The results showed the diaphragm performed well with diaphragm strength exceeding targets and load-deformation response primarily governed by connection behavior. This testing used the CLT diaphragm design approach incorporated in the 2021 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic which relies upon the design of wood members and connections in accordance with applicable requirements of the 2018 National Design Specification® for Wood Construction.”

The test results will also allow researchers to identify potential opportunities for optimization to further advance use of this new versatile technology in floors and roofs of building structures.

AWC is an ANSI-accredited standards developer and the National Design Specification® (NDS) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) are developed through a consensus process under the AWC Wood Design Standards Committee. The SDPWS-2021 and the NDS-2018 are reference design standards in the 2021 International Building Code.