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Q: What if I can’t find the right UL assembly for my project?
A: This situation isn’t uncommon when detailing shallow framing at floors/ceilings, using structural composite lumber members or at exterior lateral resisting walls. According to the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) Section 703, fire-resistance ratings can be determined multiple ways – more

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WoodWorks provides free one-on-one project assistance related to non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. Our technical experts offer support from design through construction, on issues that range from allowable heights and areas for different construction types to structural design, lateral systems and fire- or acoustical-rated assemblies.

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Wood offers advantages in terms of material, construction and environmental costs.

Code acceptance

Building codes recognize wood’s safety and structural performance capabilities in a wide range of building types.

Fire protection

Building codes require all building systems to perform to the same level of safety, regardless of material used.

Seismic loads

Wood-frame structures can meet or exceed the most demanding earthquake design requirements.


Advances in wood science and building technology continue to expand the opportunities for wood construction.

Carbon footprint

Wood products continue to store carbon absorbed during the tree’s growing cycle, keeping it out of the atmosphere.


Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable.