• 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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  • Wood Products Manufacturers Expand Capacity, Continue High Levels of Production

    May 25, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – North American softwood sawmill capacity increased by 1.4 billion board feet in the last year, according to Forisk. Most of that increased capacity – 1.1. billion board feet – was from manufacturing in the U.S. South. In fact, the entire wood products manufacturing sector continues to produce at the highest levels since the Great Recession, according to the Federal Reserve Board.
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  • AWC Conducts CLT Connection Tests

    May 11, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) completed testing of connections used in recent full-scale tests of cross-laminated timber (CLT) diaphragm. The latest test results indicated that the connections performed better than expected, resulting in higher than expected shear capacities of the CLT diaphragms.
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  • AWC Releases Carbon Policy Platform

    Apr 21, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a carbon policy platform that would help unlock the potential for wood products to be a low-carbon building material solution on a large scale in the United States.
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  • Wood Products Manufacturing Up Year-Over-Year Amidst Increased Single-Family Permits

    Apr 20, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – Wood products manufacturing is up 5 percent year-over-year, according to the Federal Reserve Board, as manufacturers continue to respond to high demand. This continues the trend of the industry’s production output at the highest levels since the Great Recession.
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  • AWC Statement on Trillion Trees Act

    Apr 20, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued a statement after the reintroduction of Rep. Westerman’s Trillion Trees Act.
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  • AWC Applauds Idaho’s Adoption of Tall Mass Timber Provisions

    Apr 16, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Jackson Morrill issued a statement following Governor Brad Little’s signing of H 143, which directs the state building code board to amend the state building code to include the 2021 tall mass timber building code provisions by January 1, 2022.
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