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Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 6 - Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide - 2015 IRC Version

Includes guidance on provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to single level residential wood deck construction. Provisions contained in this document that are not included in the IRC are considered good practice recommendations. Includes Commentary and Appendices.

Building officials may print a reasonable number of copies of DCA 6 for use with permits. *Please Note: The entire DCA 6 cannot be posted to a building department website. Updates and revisions are frequently being made to the document so it is recommended that building departments post a link to DCA 6 on their websites. Also, AWC has developed a one-page PDF that can be posted to the jurisdiction's website to provide an overview and links to the AWC document.

 
Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 6 - Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide - 2012 IRC Version

Includes guidance on provisions of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to single level residential wood deck construction. Provisions contained in this document that are not included in the IRC are considered good practice recommendations. Includes Commentary and Appendices. DCA6-12 contains new tables and other criteria based on changes to design values for all grades and sizes of visually-graded Southern Pine lumber effective June 1, 2013.

For a copy of DCA6-09, which is based on the 2009 IRC, click here.

Building officials may print a reasonable number of copies of DCA 6 for use with permits. *Please Note: The entire DCA 6 cannot be posted to a building department website. Updates and revisions are frequently being made to the document so it is recommended that building departments post a link to DCA 6 on their websites. Also, AWC has developed a one-page PDF that can be posted to the jurisdiction's website to provide an overview and links to the AWC document.

 
DCA 6 - Online Courses
  • BCD302 – Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6 - 2012 IRC Version)

  • BCD303 – Design for Code Acceptance No. 6 - Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide

  • BCD303-A – Residential Wood Deck Design

  • BCD306 – Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6-2015 Version)

  • BCD307 – Deck FAQs: Deciphering DCA6 and More

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