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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 changes get final approval

Dec 19, 2018

LEESBURG, VA. – The International Code Council (ICC) has released the unofficial voting results on code change proposals considered in 2018, including passage of the entire package of 14 tall mass timber code change proposals. The proposals create three new types of construction (Types IV-A, IV-B and IV-C), which set fire safety requirements, and allowable heights, areas and number of stories for tall mass timber buildings. Official results are expected to be announced during the first quarter of 2019. The new provisions will be included in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC).

“Mass timber has been capturing the imagination of architects and developers, and the ICC result means they can now turn sketches into reality. ICC’s rigorous study, testing and voting process now recognizes a strong, low-carbon alternative to traditional tall building materials used by the building and construction industry,” said American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski.

The three new types of construction that will be included in the 2021 IBC are:

  • Type IV-A – Maximum 18 stories, with gypsum wallboard on all mass timber elements.
  • Type IV-B – Maximum 12 stories, limited-area of exposed mass timber walls and ceilings allowed.
  • Type IV-C – Maximum 9 stories, all exposed mass timber designed for a 2-hour fire resistance.

“The addition of tall mass timber to the International Building Code provides a comprehensive set of safety standards for these new types of construction. This vote caps off several years of scientific research and testing, and verifies that mass timber meets the robust performance standards called for by our nation’s building codes,” said AWC Vice President of Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland, P.E.

ICC’s code development cycle continues through 2019. Additional structural requirements for tall mass timber buildings will be considered, with final approval of 2019 proposals expected to occur in late October. The 2021 IBC is expected to be released in late 2020, along with the full set of 2021 I-codes.

Find more information about tall mass timber buildings here: awc.org/tallmasstimber.

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