The 2015 Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), a joint publication of the American Wood Council (AWC) and the International Code Council (ICC), is now available. The free download, along with 2012 and 2009 versions, is available here: www.awc.org.
CCWD concisely summarizes provisions related to the use of wood and wood products as they appear in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). Most notable are the easy-to-use tables provided in CCWD for determination of the maximum building size for eight common occupancy groups using the newly formatted height and area tables of the 2015 IBC.
It also addresses methods for establishing fire resistance of wood assemblies and heavy timber; special provisions for pedestal buildings; criteria for finishes, appendages, and other wood features; the scoping of referenced wood design standards; an overview of structural provisions; and requirements for precautions during construction.
“Wood construction offers distinct design options typically not found in a single structural material, but adherence to the code is essential,” said AWC Vice President of Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland. “The complexity of the IBC makes it difficult for designers to be aware of the many code provisions that allow wood products in construction. CCWD is a reference document which designers will find valuable when working through these code requirements. The goal of CCWD is to make the regulatory acceptance of wood construction as easy as possible for the designer.”
A recent webinar providing an overview of the 2015 CCWD was recorded and will soon be available as part of AWC’s self-directed study program. AWC is an ICC Preferred Provider and continuing education units are free.