Robert Glowinski, president and CEO of the American Wood Council (AWC), issued a statement following Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s signing of HB 777, which directs the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and its State Codes Advisory Committee to look at and evaluate the International Code Council’s (ICC) 2021 tall mass timber building code changes for early adoption. The agency will begin its review this summer and complete its work by July 1, 2021.

The entire construction industry is changing and AWC applauds Georgia for helping revolutionize the places we live and work. Mass timber, which includes cross-laminated timber, is a new category of wood products that will transform how America builds,” the AWC statement says. “We’ve seen interest in it continue to grow over the last several years because architects and engineers have recognized the significant environmental benefits that are possible from using a strong, low-carbon alternative to the traditional materials used in tall buildings.”

The American Wood Council (AWC) provides a voice for the North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides almost 450,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.

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