American Wood Council highlights fire safety of code-compliant wood frame buildings, sponsors first week of International Code Council's Building Safety Month devoted to building for fire resistance

LEESBURG, Virginia , May 5, 2014 (press release) – Awareness month highlights importance of fire safety measures and education

In recognition of the growing need for safe and sustainable structures, the American Wood Council (AWC) announced today its participation in this year’s Building Safety Month, hosted by the International Code Council (ICC) to celebrate building safety worldwide during the month of May. This year's theme is BUILDING SAFETY: Maximizing Resilience, Minimizing Risks, and each week spotlights a specific area of building safety.

As a presenting sponsor for the first week of the event, “Code Officials: Keeping Fire in Its Place,” AWC is providing resources for professionals to gather information on the importance of fire safety and building for fire resistance. By their design, building codes are written so that compliant structures all provide the same levels of safety, regardless of principal materials used. As a result, when built according to code, wood-frame construction has a proven fire safety and performance record.

“Fire safety and fire resistance have always been important topics in the building world, especially as it relates to wood construction,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “We are excited to be a presenting sponsor of this year’s building safety month and hope to continue educating building professionals on how construction materials perform under varying conditions.”

Information on fire resistance for structural wood products used in residential construction is available from AWC at www.woodaware.info. Technical information on fire code requirements for wood can also be found in AWC’s Code Conforming Wood Design series, available for free download at www.awc.org.

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About American Wood Council
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 75 percent of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry. Visit AWC online at www.awc.org or follow us on Twitter @woodcouncil.

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