Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council's (AWC) 2015 Wood Design Package is now available for purchase in printed format. The document set contains the 2015 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction, with Commentary and 2015 Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction, and the 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) with Commentary.

The 2015 Wood Design Package brings together all required elements for design of wood structures in one comprehensive document. It includes design information for wind and seismic conditions, sawn lumber, structural glued laminated timber, structural-use panels, shear walls and diaphragms, poles and piles, I-joists, structural composite lumber, structural connections (nails, bolts, screws), and cross-laminated timber.

Both the NDS and SDPWS were approved in Sept. 2014 as American National Standards and are designated 5 and ANSI/AWC SDPWS-2015, respectively. They are both referenced in the International Code Council's 2015 International Building Code.

“Through their reference in the International Building Code, these standards allow traditional and engineered wood products to be more easily used in the United States,” said AWC Vice President of Technology Transfer John “Buddy” Showalter. “To make these code-referenced standards the most user-friendly they can be, we have developed supporting publications such as commentaries to ensure continued widespread acceptance of wood in construction.”

For more information, visit www.abdi-ecommerce10.com/awc/p-495-2015-wood-design-package.aspx or email publications@awc.org.