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AWC releases Energy UA Calculator app

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released an app which will calculate a code-compliant opaque wall or fenestration U-factor. The app calculation is based upon the Total UA alternative compliance method permitted by the International Code Council’s 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or International Residential Code (IRC). This new...

Wood products industry releases Reuse Wood website

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org. “For wood products, there has historically been a lack of...

AWC applauds final BioPreferred Program regulations

Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that new forest products will be included in the BioPreferred program, opening new opportunities for market growth. It reverses the 2014 Farm Bill stating that forest products were ineligible because they were “mature market.” The announcement was welcomed by the American Wood Council (AWC) President...

AWC releases “Guides to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas”

  LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a series of updated easy-to-use Guides to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas. The guides can be found on the AWC website: http://www.awc.org/standards/wfcm/2012.php. The guides, based on provisions contained in AWC’s 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM), establish a specific set of prescriptive, wind-resistive...

AWC awarded USDA grant to research market for tall wood construction

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct research on the fire performance of mass timber buildings. AWC will partner with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation and the Property Insurance Research Group....

AWC announces self-directed study program

LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council is now offering a complimentary self-directed learning program on designing with wood. Courses are related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications and are available on the AWC website. The program allows those seeking continuing education unit...

AWC statement on recent Biogenic Carbon Review

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the “Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in U.S. Bioenergy Policy” article recently published in the Journal of Forestry. The article is a review of current literature regarding the carbon emissions of biomass. It concludes that...

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect.  The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,”...