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Carbon Calculator

Wood products continue to store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing, keeping it out of the atmosphere indefinitely. Using wood in place of fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete also “avoids” greenhouse gases that would have been emitted during manufacturing. Now, with the Carbon Calculator it is possible to quantify these benefits for wood buildings. The more detail you provide, the better the results.  Access Carbon Calculator.

Heights and Areas Calculator

Ease building code analysis and maximize the value of wood building projects with this Excel-based tool. The H&A calculator reviews and analyzes building height and area compliance with the 2015 IBC for buildings up to six stories, with up to four occupancy groups at each level. The tool includes worksheets for calculating the frontage increase factor and determining whether a level qualifies as a basement based on surrounding grade elevations.

Heights and Areas Calculator App for Android and iPhone

The Heights and Areas (H&A) Calculator app is a joint effort of WoodWorks and the American Wood Council. It provides users with an app-based approach to calculating maximum heights and areas for buildings of various occupancies and fire protection based on 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) provisions. Input a given building geometry, site conditions (e.g., open frontage), type of construction and occupancy, and allowable heights and areas can be determined.

This H&A Calculator is not meant to be a replacement for the IBC and does not encompass all of its design options. The IBC should always be consulted for specific requirements related to designs and site conditions.

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More Online Calculators

American Wood Council – Offers calculators for spans, connections, and heights and areas.