AWC Updates Wood Deck Guide to Reflect 2012 International Residential Code

Jun 09, 2014

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council has updated one of its most popular publications, the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – DCA 6, to reflect changes to wood deck construction requirements in the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC). This guide is being offered free on AWC's website.

Where applicable, provisions and details contained in DCA 6 are now based on the 2012 IRC. Recommended prescriptive construction methods meet or exceed minimum requirements of the residential code. Provisions found in DCA 6 that are not found in the IRC are provided as recommended good practice.

"AWC's technical experts are positioned to work with designers, home builders, researchers, and manufacturers to ensure wood products are designed and used in a safe manner," said AWC President & CEO Robert Glowinski. "Since this document is so important to safety, we hope anyone contemplating a deck design will refer to it, as we offer it free to the public."

Two of the more notable changes to DCA 6 include a new table for glued laminated timber beam spans and a new table for post heights. A recorded webinar providing an overview of changes to the 2012 DCA 6 is available free on the AWC website.

DCA 6 was specifically developed to promote good, code-compliant deck design and help avert deck mishaps and failures, to which deck safety expert Dr. Frank Woeste, P.E. attributes more injuries "than all other wood building components and loading cases combined" (with the exception of hurricanes and tornadoes).

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