Codes and Standards
With its staff of engineers and code experts, AWC ensures the continued regulatory acceptance of wood products in the marketplace. It does this by defending against attacks from competing materials in codes and regulations, and maximizing opportunities for wood in residential and commercial construction by monitoring national, state and local regulations and maintaining a leadership presence in standard-setting bodies. AWC is the only organization that advocates for all segments of the wood products industry before building code-writing bodies in the U.S. It is also the authoritative ANSI-accredited standards developer of wood construction standards and design tools referenced in these codes.
Fighting for Wood Before America’s Building Code Authorities
The American Wood Council’s engineers and experts work exclusively to maintain and expand market opportunities for wood through building codes and standards in the face of stiff competition from competing materials such as concrete and steel.
No single company can represent the broad industry before building code authorities, nor maintain the technical expertise required to engage full-time with the leading construction code-writing bodies — but AWC can and does.
Over the past year, AWC’s advocacy has:
For AWC to continue to advocate for the industry, it needs broad industry participation and the resources that come with it. Specific challenges include: