Pictorial Guide

Basement Ceiling Girder First Floor Framing

WoodAware offers a visual guide to Floor, Roof, and Wall systems.

Tall Mass Timber
Tall Mass Timber

Tall mass timber is an industry term to identify mass timber buildings, constructed of mass timber elements, that exceed current height limits for wood buildings set by the International Building Code (IBC). Mass timber includes any product currently permitted for use in Type IV construction, such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), Structural Composite Lumber, glued-laminated timber, and large section sawn lumber. Because of the unique structural and fire resistance characteristics of solid timber walls and floors (CLT) and mass timber structures, new provisions have been approved for the 2021 Edition of the IBC for tall mass timber buildings up to 18 stories.

Codes and Standards
Codes & Standards

AWC is committed to ensuring a resilient, safe, and sustainable built environment. To achieve these objectives, AWC contributes to development of building and fire codes and standards which allow for the safe and responsible use of wood products. We support utilization of wood products by developing and disseminating consensus standards, comprehensive technical guidelines, and tools for wood design and construction, as well as providing education regarding their application.

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Meeting the Safety Challenges of the Future Built Environment Symposiums

November 8, 2019
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Presenting about Fire Testing of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)

Maryland Leadership Training Weekend 2019

December 14-15, 2019
Presenting “Introduction to Tall Mass Timber Buildings” and “Construction Fire Safety Best Practices”
Flyer: https://zone.mfri.org/seminarpdf/20191215AnIntroductiontoTallMassTimberBuildings.pdf

Wood Display Case

Wood Display Case

Wood product training display cases were developed as part of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) grant to AF&PA, now completed. The display cases provide industry product samples that will be used to enhance the building construction curriculum taught at the academies.


WoodAware Website Relaunch: What’s New?

May 03, 2019

This week, AWC relaunched the new and improved WoodAware website. The website continues to serve as an informational resource on wood construction - aiming to educate the fire service on traditional and engineered wood products used in residential and non-residential construction - but now includes the most up to date materials.

Improvements include the addition of the International Code Council (ICC) tall mass timber code changes that were recently approved for the 2021 ICC building codes. The website covers information on the new types of construction, new fire safety requirements, and tools for safe management of these materials on construction sites and in occupied buildings. Additionally, fire services will be able to access a toolkit for navigating and understanding the new code changes.

New site pages to explore include:

  • Tall Mass Timber – Includes the 2021 ICC code changes, mass timber fire tests and results, a collection of some of the tallest wood buildings, and educational courses on building with tall wood.
  • News & Events – Includes the latest happenings in traditional wood and tall wood construction across the nation.
  • Code & Standards – Includes a code map detailing the latest codes across the U.S. in addition to fire safety standards resources.
  • Construction & Products – Includes pictorial construction guides in addition to information and uses for individual wood products.

AWC is thrilled that the revamped WoodAware site will continue to provide accurate information and tools on wood building codes and standards intended to ensure the safety of fire services. We hope you enjoy exploring the latest improvements!