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.
Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month

AWC Releases 2015/2018 Structural Wood Design Examples

Jan 20, 2020
2015/2018 Structural Wood Design Examples

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council have released a joint publication, 2015/2018 Structural Wood Design Examples, intended to aid in the structural design of wood buildings using both Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD).

The document contains over 20 design examples and complete solutions for wood member design, connections, and shear walls. Solutions have been developed based on both the 2015 and 2018 National Design Specification® for Wood Construction, as well as AWC’s 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic, as appropriate. References are also made to AWC’s 2015 and 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual for One- and Two- Family Dwellings.

“The example problems included in this document range from the simple, such as determining adjustment factors, to more complicated topics such as designing beams, columns, members loaded in multiple directions, and shear wall design examples,” said AWC’s Manager of Educational Outreach Lori Koch, P.E. “This document is yet another tool designers and code officials have at their disposal to assist with wood design and construction.”

“This publication is an excellent resource for those interested in gaining a real-world understanding of the design of wood buildings,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson. “It also serves as an aid for students enrolled in engineering and architectural programs as well as those studying for their P.E. We are pleased to be collaborating with AWC on this effort.”

The Design Examples document can be downloaded free on the AWC website: Hard copies are also available for purchase.