AWC, WoodWorks release updated Heights & Areas Calculator

Oct 02, 2017

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and WoodWorks have released the public beta version of an updated app to calculate maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occupancy classifications and types of construction. The Heights & Areas Calculator is based on the provisions in the 2015 and earlier editions of the International Building Code (IBC).

Users can input the proposed building height and area for any occupancy, and the app shows allowable types of construction that are permitted. The “basic” version of the calculator limits building input to a single occupancy and equal floor areas for the entire building. An “advanced” option permits multiple occupancies and different floor areas.

“Determining allowable heights and areas for building code compliance can often be a tedious and time-intensive task for designers, builders, and code officials,” said Kenneth Bland, AWC Vice President of Codes & Regulations.  “We developed this updated app to help make the process more user-friendly and to streamline the process for identifying compliant types of construction.”

“The app makes heights and areas calculation more accessible for design teams looking for ways to maximize the value of their buildings,” said Bill Parsons, WoodWorks Vice President of Operations. “It can be especially useful for designers dealing with mixed occupancies or looking to increase the size of their mid-rise projects.”

The public beta version of the app is available on iOS and Android devices. Based on initial user input, final mobile versions and a Windows desktop version are expected later this year. For links to the apps, visit the AWC website at:

WoodWorks also has expert staff available to answer questions regarding allowable heights and areas, or any other topic related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, at no cost to designers. Questions can be directed to


The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, representing over 75 percent of an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products. | @woodcouncil

WoodWorks-Wood Products Council provides free project assistance as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks technical experts offer support from design through construction on a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, educational, commercial, retail, office, institutional, and public. | @woodworksUS