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International Code Council Building Safety Month

Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council

 

During the month of May, the American Wood Council (AWC) will be celebrating the International Code Council's (ICC) Building Safety Month to raise awareness and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

 

Week 1 (May 1-5): Preparing for Disasters: Build Strong, Build Smart
To kick off Building Safety Month, AWC will be covering how to prepare for disasters by building smart and strong. AWC will highlight their reference standards which are state-of-the-art, ensuring wood construction meets the latest recommendations on design loads and gives designers the tools they need. In addition, AWC will be sharing information about our code-referenced consensus standards via social media and our website. You can follow the conversation on Twitter via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Week 2 (May 6-12): Ensuring a Safer Future Through Training and Education
As an ICC Preferred Provider, AWC will be sharing information about our educational materials and courses for wood design and construction best practices as well as construction fire safety practices during week two. You can follow the conversation on Twitter as well as LinkedIn via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Week 5 (May 27-31): Innovations in Building Safety
AWC will be highlighting the role of the ICC code development process and how it successfully paved the way for the acceptance of tall mass timber buildings. The TMT (Tall Mass Timber) code changes are a good example of how the ICC process can work to allow for the introduction of new technologies and building systems. AWC will be sharing content and informational resources, including an infographic and tall wood toolkit on how to effectively navigate the new code changes. You can follow the conversation via #BuildingSafety365, #BuildingSafetyMonth, #BuildWithWood, #WoodBuildsOurWorld.
Headlines

AWC releases 2015 Deck Guide in Spanish

Feb 14, 2019
DCA6 2015 Spanish EditionLEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a Spanish version of the popular Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide: DCA 6 – 2015 IRC Version, part of AWC’s Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) series.

The free Spanish guide can be downloaded at: https://www.awc.org/codes-standards/publications/dca6

“Safety is our primary concern, which is why we want to make this document accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Good deck design is so important to safety,” said AWC Vice President of Technology Transfer John “Buddy” Showalter. “DCA 6 is now available in Spanish to correspond to both the 2015 and 2012 editions of the International Code Council’s International Residential Code so it can be easily used by everyone involved in U.S. design and construction for whom English might not be their first language.”

DCA 6 was specifically developed to promote good, code-compliant deck design and construction for safe outdoor structures.

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