National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction

Designers frequently request historic lumber design values. Below are links to several historic documents that may assist in evaluating existing structures:

In 1944, the copyrighted first edition of the National Design Specification for Stress-Grade Lumber and Its Fastenings was published by the National Lumber Manufacturers Association. Revisions of the 1944 edition were issued in:

  • 1948
  • 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953

New editions were published in

  • 1957
  • 1960
  • 1962
  • 1968
  • 1971
  • 1973
  • 1977
  • 1982
  • 1986
  • 1991
  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 2005
  • 2012

Click here for a list of revised supplements and amendments.

The scope of the Specification has remained essentially unchanged since the first edition was issued in 1944.The name of the Specification was changed to the National Design Specification for Wood Construction in the 1977 edition. For more information, including the History of the NDS development, refer to the 1991-1997 NDS® Commentary.

Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM)

Available Editions:

  • 2012 WFCM
  • 2001 WFCM

Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS)

Available Editions:

  • 2005 SDPWS
  • 2001 SDPWS Supplement

Permanent Wood Foundation Design Specification (PWF)

Available Editions:

  • 2007 PWF