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DCA3: Designing fire-rated I-joist assemblies

For years, Design for Code Acceptance #3 (DCA3) has been the go-to resource for anyone working with I-joist assemblies. I-joist (WIJ) assemblies were added to DCA3 in 2001 and were intended to promote the usage of engineered lumber by simplifying the associated design, specification, and permitting processes.

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Fire resistance and prevention in wood buildings

Mass timber buildings are capable of providing a level of fire-resistance comparable to steel and concrete. Building code changes are allowing more projects to capitalize on the cost, schedule, and environmental advantages of wood construction. As the popularity of wood grows, construction safety practices are also receiving greater emphasis to mitigate fire hazards during one of the most vulnerable periods of a building’s lifetime.

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