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2015 Code Conforming Wood Design now available

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The 2015 Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), a joint publication from 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: http://www.awc.org/codes-standards/buildingcodes/ccwd.

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.

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November 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWC approves of EPA reconsideration

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The AWC says the Boiler MACT reconsideration is very important to wood product manufacturers.

American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) reconsideration of the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule.

“With just three short months before the compliance deadline, AWC is pleased that this critical piece of the rulemaking is completed. Our member companies need to know these important implementation provisions to complete their compliance planning for a regulation that will nonetheless result in millions of dollars of capital expenditures.

“The addition of dry biomass as a qualifying ‘clean fuel’ for boiler start up is helpful. Wood product manufacturers produce almost 80 percent of their own energy through the use of carbon neutral biomass residuals, and this reconsideration will allow mills to avoid costly retrofits required to burn alternative fuels.”

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November 10, 2015 at 7:00 am

AWC applauds Tall Wood Building Competition winners

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The American Wood Council (AWC) has issued the following statement in response to the announcement of the Tall Wood Building Competition winners. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Softwood Lumber Board and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“These winning designs will serve as living case studies on the numerous reasons to build taller with wood,” said Robert Glowinski, CEO and president of AWC. “Beyond its aesthetic qualities, wood is among the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly of all building materials. Wood products store carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere indefinitely, thereby reducing a building’s environmental footprint. In addition to the saved environmental costs, using wood in construction is often less expensive than alternatives.

“We’re excited to watch these buildings be built, and in the process, herald a new era in the design and construction of taller buildings. These projects will help demonstrate the range of possibilities and help determine the requirements for this new class of buildings.

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September 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWC applauds final BioPreferred regulations

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American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the final issuance of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program regulations.

“Wood products are by their very nature biobased. The USDA BioPreferred Program now officially recognizes the innovative nature of wood products in the market today, including recognition of third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations.

The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,” are now eligible products to be recognized in USDA biobased programs.

“EPDs are the nutrition labels of the building products,” Glowinski continued. “Designers, builders and consumers now have science-based tools to determine the environmental impacts of a material. Wood products will often be found to have a smaller environmental impact because they are renewable, have lower emissions and embodied energy, are manufactured using a majority of biomass for energy needs and provide long-term storage of carbon.”

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June 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

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AWC supports House passage of “Regulatory Accountability Act”

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American Wood Council (AWC) president and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 185) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would modernize the 69-year old Administrative Procedure Act and improve how federal agencies write the regulations that most significantly affect the U.S. economy.

AWC was among the more than 100 organizations who signed onto a letter of support for H.R. 185.

“The wood products industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the years as part of its efforts to meet regulatory requirements and to protect the environment. It’s common sense to ensure that agencies accept and consider comments from affected industries on proposals that could have a significant impact on them and their customers. Another critical provision of this legislation requires agencies to verify and substantiate threats to the public’s health and safety before imposing new costly rules, which would increase industry’s confidence in the system.

“AWC thanks Congressman Goodlatte for sponsoring this bill and kick-starting the regulatory reform debate this year.”

For more information on the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, click here.

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January 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

AWC named one of Virginia’s 100 best places to work

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The Leesburg, Va.-based American Wood Council (www.awc.org) has been named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia by Virginia Business magazine and Best Companies Group. “AWC puts a big emphasis on employee engagement as a strategy for effectively accomplishing our mission. This recognition reinforces the mutual benefit of our approach,” said Robert Glowinski, AWC president and CEO. “A good place to work is comprised of good people. I’m very proud of the AWC team and their hard work to further the safe and efficient use of wood products.” Companies from across the state were evaluated for the rankings. Each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics were worth about 25 percent of the evaluation. A confidential employee survey measuring the employee experience was worth about 75 percent of the total evaluation. Best Companies Group managed the registration, data collection and analysis to identify and rank the top companies in Virginia. The full list of 100 honorees will be announced in February. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit http://www.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

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December 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

AWC, AF&PA respond to EPA’s federal ozone standard review

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The American Wood Council, http://www.awc.org/, (AWC) and the American Forest & Paper Association, http://afandpa.org/, (AF&PA) are concerned about today’s proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the federal ozone standard be tightened to between 65 and 70 ppb from the current level of 75 ppb set in 2008.

“We are pleased EPA has acknowledged that retention of the current standard is a legitimate option for comment. However, AWC is very concerned with the economic impacts if the ozone standard is tightened as EPA prefers, because it may lead wood products manufacturers to cancel or delay job-creating projects,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “The fact is that the science shows the current standard to be protective, and until it clearly shows otherwise, there is no reason to put jobs or mill improvements at risk.”

EPA is required to review the standard every five years.

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December 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

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