Tag Archives: American Wood Council

Oregon grants approval for wood buildings up to 18 stories

Oregon has become the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings under its Statewide Alternate Method (SAM). The new document, SAM No. 18-01, Tall Wood Buildings, provides prescriptive technical requirements for tall wood buildings ranging from eight to 18 stories, depending on design and construction methods.

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American Wood Council releases new manual

The American Wood Council’s (AWC’s) 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for one- and two-family dwellings is a referenced standard for wood design in the International Code Council’s (ICC’s) 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). The publication equips designers and code officials with engineered and prescriptive construction methods resulting in more resilient wood buildings.

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Building support for safe wood construction

In response to concerns about fire and seismic safety as it relates to wood construction, industry-driven group Think Wood continues to build resources in its Think Wood Research Library supporting the application of softwood lumber in residential and nonresidential building projects.

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AWC releases design specification for wood construction

American Wood Council (AWC) regularly reviews and updates its codes and standards to keep pace with technological advances and material innovations affecting the use of wood products in the country. The council recently updated its National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. Developed by AWC’s wood design standards committee, the 2018 NDS is referenced for wood design in this year’s International Building Code (IBC).

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