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AWC/ICC Release New Wood Deck Construction Guide
November 12, 2007

The American Forest & Paper Association’s ( AF&PA) American Wood Council (AWC) and the International Code Council (ICC) are pleased to announce publication of Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) No. 6 – Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide. This new document provides guidance on the Code Council’s International Residential Code (IRC) provisions for single-level, residential wood deck construction.

With a strong need in residential construction for simple design tools, AWC has developed this new easy-to-use Guide for builders and home owners who are constructing single level decks in all areas of the country. The new publication is co-branded with the Code Council and Fairfax County, Virginia.

Prescriptive solutions presented in the Guide are in compliance with the 2006 IRC. Use of the Guide will result in design solutions that prescriptively meet the requirements of the IRC. Additional provisions, not included as requirements in the IRC, are contained in the document and are considered good practice recommendations.

The Guide was developed with input from, and in cooperation with, the National Association of Home Builders, the ICC, Fairfax County (Virginia), Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Virginia Tech, Washington State University, WTCA-Representing the Structural Building Components Industry, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, APA-The Engineered Wood Association, and the Southern Forest Products Association.

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