Numerous organizations publish resources to guide mass timber construction. This section outlines the leaders in the industry and how they relate to one another.
North American Wood Organizations Glossary
American Wood Council
The American Wood Council (AWC) oversees a large percentage of North American wood products manufacturers. Specifically, AWC develops a number of public policies, standards, guidelines, and tools toward wood design and construction, as well as providing education. They additionally do testing to inform the IBC.
Binational Softwood Lumber Council
BSLC focuses on the cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to promote both countries' softwood lumber products.
Canadian National Research Council
NRC evaluates and certifies new building materials, and provides a framework for construction codes.
Canadian Wood Council
CWC is a non-profit, national federation of associations which aims to expand market access and increase demand for Canadian wood products through excellence in codes, standards, regulations and education.
This is a regionalized program of CWC that connects individuals to share best practices and innovations to advance the use of wood in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction.
Forest Products Lab
FPL is a national laboratory (a part of USDA) and focuses on many wood-based technologies.
Forestry Innovation Investment
FII maintains, creates and diversifies markets for B.C. forest products to ensure the forest sector continues to be a key contributor to the B.C. economy.
FPInnovations is a non-profit R+D organization that focuses on finding solutions towards accelerating the growth of the Canadian forest sector and industry.
International Building Code
The IBC is a model code that provides minimum safety requirements for new and existing structures.
Mass Timber Institute
They connect industry leaders, indigenous communities, reserarch, and education with the goal of making Canada a global leader in mass timber products and technologies.
National Design Specifications
Developed by the AWC Wood Design Standards Committee and approved as an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) American National Standard, the NDS for Wood Construction compiles all specifications of elements required for wood structures including wind and seismic conditions, connections, engineered panels, and sawn lumber.
Softwood Lumber Board
The SLB is funded by a lumber tax that was aims to promote demand for softwood lumber products in the U.S. in outdoor, residential, and nonresidential construction.
TallWood Design Institute
TDI is an industry-academic collaboration that advances research and education on mass timber and other structural wood building solutions.
Think Wood campaigns for various timber home design and build resources.
Wood Innovations Grant
The Wood Innovations Grant funds traditional wood utilization projects, and promotes the use of wood as a construction material in commercial buildings.
WoodWorks focuses on providing education and support for the design, engineering, and construction of timber buildings in the U.S.
International Wood Organizations
Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux (ATIBT)
It plays a key role in the implementation of international projects dedicated to the sustainable and responsible management of tropical forests.
European Forest Institute
The European Forest Institute is an international organisation established by European States that conducts research and provides policy support on forest-related issues, connecting knowledge to action.
European Timber Trade Federation
The ETTF promotes the interests of the timber trade across Europe, representing key national federations for importers, merchants and distributors. The ETTF liaises with and lobbies government and governmental bodies at national and international level, engages with environmental and other NGOs and provides a discussion and networking forum for the EU timber trade on key issues, from legislation and the environment, to sustainable timber promotion and best practice.
Forest and Wood Products Australia
Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA) is a not-for-profit company that provides research and a variety of resources on the forest and wood products industry.
Future Timber Hub
The Future Timber Hub is Australia's leading timber research collaboration focused on the development of tall timber buildings that includes experts from industry, government, and academia.
National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life
The Centre works to promote and lead in timber durability and design life research.
Timber Research and Development Association
TRADA (The Timber Research and Development Association) is an international membership organization that offers technical guidance on use of wood in the built environment through online software, printed publications, e-books, and a telephone helpline.
WoodSolutions is a website that compiles information and downloadable resources, technical publications, professional seminars and other related activities about timber and wood products for professionals and companies involved in building design and construction.