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National Forest Products Week

Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council

 

Congress designated the third week of October (October 21-27, 2018) as National Forest Products Week (NFPW) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. forests. This week celebrates the role and impact of forests and wood as an integral component to our nation's society.

As such, the American Wood Council (AWC) is calling all developers, architects, builders, material industries and forestry associations to acknowledge the impact of forests and wood products on our communities. As the voice of the North American wood products industry, AWC is providing resources for professionals to gather information on the key role forest and wood products play in our ecosystem.

We invite all, members and industry professionals alike, to participate in the following activities, share resources and spread the word using #ForestProductsWeek.

 

How Wood Builds Our World Infographic
To illustrate why our world needs sustainable wood products and forests, AWC created an infographic that outlines the impact of wood use on North American forests and communities. This infographic highlights how wood builds our world and touches each facet of our ecosystem, including homes, schools, the economy at large and the environment.
Why Our World Needs Wood
Wood products are a key component of our ecosystem, as they help to build affordable, sustainable structures. In honor of World Habitat Day, a day that recognizes the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter, AWC published a release that highlights wood's role in creating affordable, resilient, sustainably-built housing.
Letter to Editor
Interested in spreading the word on wood's beneficial role in our built environment? AWC has developed a letter that can be submitted to publications and grow awareness for the environmental and economic benefits of wood products. The letter is available for download at [here], and supporters are encouraged to share with their local media.
Wood Builds Our World Twitter Q&A
Forestry associations and AWC member companies are coming together for a live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, October 23 at 11amPT/2pmET to discuss the impact of wood products on our ecosystem. Tune in using the hashtag #WoodBuildsOurWorld.

Urban Sustainability, Rural Prosperity

Watch the 2015 panel discussion on mass timber featuring architect Michael Green.

 
Headlines

AWC applauds Oregon’s allowance of tall mass timber buildings

Aug 10, 2018

LEESBURG, VA. – Oregon has become the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings under their statewide alternate method (SAM). The SAM program is unique to Oregon, allowing early technical consideration and approval on a statewide basis.

The Administrator of the State Building Codes Division issued SAM No. 18-01, providing a prescriptive path for utilization in Oregon of the code requirements developed by the International Code Council (ICC) Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee over the past two years. The comprehensive requirements also received a favorable recommendation during the April 2018 ICC Code Action Hearings, which was the first step of the process to include them in the 2021 International Codes.

“We congratulate the State of Oregon on becoming the first state to provide building code recognition for construction of tall, mass timber buildings,” said American Wood Council President & CEO Robert Glowinski. “Mass timber is a new category of wood products that will revolutionize how America builds and we’ve seen interest in it continue to grow over the last several years. This action by the Codes Division Administrator helps code officials in Oregon by making provisions consistent throughout the state. In adopting this new method, Oregon has also recognized the significant environmental benefits that accrue from greater wood product use.”

Since the current 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code is based on the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), this SAM is also correlated to incorporate code changes to the 2015 and 2018 IBC allowing cross-laminated timber (CLT) and structural composite lumber. It is also consistent with the use of prior SAM No. 15-01 issued in January of 2015 allowing use of CLT.

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