• AWC Responds to The Boston Globe Article

    Sep 15, 2021
    The article, “Hidden dangers: Some of today’s building techniques worry fire experts,” left the reader questioning the fire safety of modern wood frame construction. It is unfortunate the author failed to do his homework and talk to the experts from the National Fire Protection Association, located in Quincy, MA. Fire experts, including those at NFPA, have studied the science and fire testing, which inform the ICC mass timber code provisions under consideration now in Massachusetts, as well as the 2021 NFPA Building Construction and Safety Code, which allows for tall mass timber structures up to 24 stories!
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  • AWC Supports House Ag Reconciliation Recommendations Significant Investment in Forest Products Sector

    Sep 14, 2021
    WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued the following statement following the House Agriculture Committee’s draft legislation recommendations for the reconciliation package. The proposed program allocations include $1 billion to provide grants under the wood innovation grant program, $100 million for the forest inventory and analysis (FIA), and $50 million for the research mission area of the Forest Service to carry out greenhouse gas life cycle analyses of domestic wood products.
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  • AWC Applauds Inclusion of Mass Timber Pilot Program in House National Defense Authorization Act

    Sep 02, 2021
    WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued a statement following the House Armed Service Committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language to establish a pilot program to evaluate the effects of using mass timber products in Department of Defense military construction projects.
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  • AWC Welcomes USFS Chief Randy Moore

    Jul 26, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued the following statement in response to Randy Moore’s appointment as the 20th Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service.
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  • AWC-NAFO Response to TIME Magazine Article

    Jun 25, 2021
    In TIME’s recent article published on June 2 (Wildfires Are Getting Worse, So Why Is the U.S. Still Building Homes With Wood?), reporter Alana Samuels makes a bizarre case for building houses out of concrete and steel instead of wood. Rather than exploring the carbon footprint and climate consequences of using more man-made, energy-intensive building materials, Samuels saves her scrutiny entirely for wood -- a natural, renewable, biodegradable building material, grown in abundance in the United States. The resulting story is an unchecked talking points memo on the “environmental benefits” of two of the most fossil fuel intensive materials in building and construction.
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  • AWC Releases Two Pager on Lumber Supply and Demand

    Jun 23, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a two-pager outlining a variety of issues that have spurred an imbalance between lumber supply and demand, and more importantly, what can be done about it.
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  • AWC Response to NCDOI Press Release

    Jun 18, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – On June 11, the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) issued a news release warning of the use of European lumber in North Carolina. The news release identified several potential use issues given the building community’s lack of familiarity with European lumber and served to alert suppliers, designers, builders, and regulators that lumber should be used in accordance with applicable codes and standards; however, there were several statements that need to be clarified or corrected.
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  • AWC Releases New 2021 Fire Design Specification

    Jun 01, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new publication for fire design of wood members, assemblies, and connections to meet code requirements. The 2021 Fire Design Specification for Wood Construction (FDS) is available for free download on the AWC website: awc.org/codes-standards/publications/fds-2021.
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