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Codes & Standards

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the leading resource for code information and standards related to structural wood products in the U.S.

Key Publications to Download 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
Cover of National Design Specification for Wood Construction


Developed by the International Code Council, AWC, and WoodWorks, the following CodeMasters are brief, laminated reference guides for the code-compliant design of wood buildings.

Tall Mass Timber

(2021 IBC, 2021 IFC, 2021 SDPWS, 2019 NDS®)

This CodeMaster identifies key steps for determining structural and fire protection, special inspection, energy, sound transmission, and construction fire safety requirements for tall mass timber buildings.

Structural Wood Design ASD/LRFD – 2018

(2018 IBC, ASCE 7-16, 2018 NDS®)

This CodeMaster covers the structural design of wood-frame buildings, including glue-laminated timber (glulam). Topics include loads and load combinations, referenced design values, adjustment factors, steps for checking stresses and sizing members, and design equations.

Structural Wood Design ASD/LRFD – 2015

(2015 IBC, ASCE 7-10, 2015 NDS®)

An earlier version of the CodeMaster above, based on the 2015 IBC.

Tall Mass Timber CodeMaster Preview