• AWC Releases New 2021 Fire Design Specification

    Jun 01, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new publication for fire design of wood members, assemblies, and connections to meet code requirements. The 2021 Fire Design Specification for Wood Construction (FDS) is available for free download on the AWC website: awc.org/codes-standards/publications/fds-2021.
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  • AWC Conducts CLT Connection Tests

    May 11, 2021
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) completed testing of connections used in recent full-scale tests of cross-laminated timber (CLT) diaphragm. The latest test results indicated that the connections performed better than expected, resulting in higher than expected shear capacities of the CLT diaphragms.
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  • Former AWC Manager Receives ICC’s Bobby J. Fowler Award

    Nov 10, 2020
    LEESBURG, VA. – The prestigious International Code Council Bobby J. Fowler Award was presented today to Sam W Francis, retired Senior Director of National Programs for the American Wood Council (AWC).
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  • AWC Conducts Full-Scale CLT Diaphragm Tests

    Oct 13, 2020
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has successfully completed two full-scale cross-laminated timber (CLT) diaphragm tests to provide strength and deformation data important for evaluating CLT diaphragm resistance to lateral wind and earthquake forces. The tests were completed at Weyerhaeuser’s ISO 17025 accredited test facility in Federal Way, Washington.
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  • Tall Mass Timber Provisions Adopted in NFPA 5000, NFPA 101

    Sep 09, 2020
    LEESBURG, VA. – Allowances for larger and taller mass timber buildings have been approved as part of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code® and, where applicable, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code®.
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  • AWC and ICC Release Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC

    Aug 04, 2020
    The publication provides an overview of requirements for mass timber construction as found in the 2015, 2018, and 2021 International Building Code
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council have released a joint publication, Mass Timber Buildings and the IBC, providing an overview of requirements for mass timber construction as found in the 2015, 2018, and 2021 International Building Code (IBC).
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  • AWC Releases New Acoustics App

    Jul 15, 2020
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a new mobile app to calculate sound transmission based on the “Technical Report 15 (TR 15), Calculation of Sound Transmission Parameters for Wood-Framed Assemblies.”
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  • AWC Applauds Georgia Passage of Tall Mass Timber Bill

    Jul 01, 2020
    LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement following Governor Brian Kemp signing HB 777, which directs the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and its State Codes Advisory Committee to look at and evaluate the International Code Council’s (ICC) 2021 tall mass timber building code changes for early adoption. The agency will begin its review this summer and complete its work by July 1, 2021.
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