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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: Tall Mass Timber code proposals approved at ICC public comment hearings

Oct 24, 2018

LEESBURG, VA. – American Wood Council's (AWC) Vice President of Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland, P.E., issued the following statement regarding the approval of the 14 tall mass timber code change proposals during the International Code Council (ICC) public comment hearings today in Richmond, Va. The proposals will now be subject to ICC’s online voting, which is scheduled to begin in November. The final outcome of the tall mass timber code change proposals is expected in December.

The proposals create three new types of construction: Types IV-A, IV-B and IV-C.

“ICC’s Ad hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings studied mass timber construction for two years prior to introducing these code change proposals, including conducting numerous fire performance tests. The result of that rigorous process is that each of the new proposed construction types has had its fire and life safety performance confirmed, resulting in a robust building performance.

“Other nations have already seen the benefits of tall wood construction – from the low carbon footprint, ease of construction and reduced construction time. The tremendous support of tall mass timber construction seen at the ICC public comment hearings, and the positive outcome, is one more important step toward advancement of tall wood in the United States.”

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