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Codes, Standards & Design Guides

Codes & Standards

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the leading resource for code information and standards related to structural wood products in the US. Key AWC publications include:

National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction

Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS)

Wood Frame Construction Manual for One and Two-Family Dwellings

Code Conforming Wood Design Series

Designing for Code Acceptance Series

Design Guides

US CLT Handbook

Other resources:

A standard on the use of CLT, ANSI/APA PRG 320-2011: Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber, is also available.

CodeMaster – Structural Wood Design ASD/LRFD
(2015 IBC, ASCE 7-10, 2015 NDS®)
Cost: $15

This laminated guide provides a high-level overview of everything you need to know about designing typical wood framing members, including glued laminated timber, in accordance with the 2015 IBC, ASCE 7-10 and 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction. Click here for more information or to order a copy.