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American Wood Council

Wood construction offers distinct design options typically not found in a single structural material. It is inexpensive, readily available, easy to work with, strong and adaptable. The economic, environmental and energy efficiency advantages account for more buildings being constructed of wood than any other structural material.

The intent of these books is to summarize allowable wood use in buildings in accordance with the International Code Council (ICC) 2009, 2012, and 2015 International Building Code® (IBC®). Emphasis will be placed on the design flexibilities permitted for wood in commercial construction. This is not meant to be a replacement for the IBC and does not encompass all of the design options in the IBC. The IBC should always be consulted for applicable specific requirements related to designs and site conditions.

CCWD Online Courses
  • BCD410-1 – 2012 International Building Code Essentials for Wood Construction

  • BCD420 – International Building Code (IBC) Essentials for Wood Construction Based on the 2015 IBC

CCWD for Legacy Codes

Archive of CCWD documents for legacy codes including:

  • Commentary on the International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 23 – Wood
  • Wood Use Provisions in the 1997 UBC and 2000 IBC
  • Wood Use Provisions in the 1999 SBC and 2000 IBC
  • Wood Use Provisions in the 1999 BOCA NBC and 2000 IBC
Commentary on the International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 23 - Wood (584 KB)
This document provides commentary for each section within Chapter 23 - Wood of the International Building Code. Perforated shear walls and the basis for conventional construction are featured.
 
Wood Use Provisions in the 1997 UBC and 2000 IBC (513 KB)
This brochure highlights the differences between the 1997 ICBO Uniform Building Code and the 2000 International Building Code. The document notes where significant provisions of the 2000 IBC are identical or similar to those of the 1997 UBC; and where provisions are significantly different, a comparison is provided. To assist the reader in applying the information provided in the brochure to the actual text of the code, various sections of this brochure are titled to correspond with the code chapters to which they apply. Chapter subject matter and number in the IBC are the same as in the UBC since both are based on the common code format utilized by the three model code organizations. Although most of the information contained herein pertains to IBC provisions which specifically address wood and wood construction, some of what is discussed has general application. The reader is urged to always consult the current edition of the code and the authority having jurisdiction for local amendments.
 
Wood Use Provisions in the 1999 SBC and 2000 IBC (503 KB)
This document highlights some of the differences between the 1999 SBC and the 2000 IBC for wood products application and design while pointing out the traditional opportunities for wood in the SBC and the corresponding provision of the IBC. The format of this document will assist the reader in applying the information contained herein to the actual text of the code. This publication is intended to give the reader insight into the provisions of the 2000 IBC that regulate wood products.
 
Wood Use Provisions in the 1999 BOCA NBC and 2000 IBC (480 KB)
This brochure highlights some of the differences between the 1999 BOCA National Building Code and the 2000 International Building Code. The document notes where significant provisions of the IBC are identical or similar to those of the BNBC; and where provisions are significantly different, a comparison is provided. To assist the reader in applying the information provided in the brochure to the actual text of the code, various sections of this brochure are titled to correspond with the code chapters to which they apply. Chapter subject matter and number in the IBC are the same as in the BNBC since both are based on the common code format utilized by the three model code organizations.
 
 
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