One World Trade Center - New York, NY
Built with D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood
Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower - Chicago, IL
Remodeled using D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood
Navy Pier - Chicago, IL
Built using D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood
Destin Beach Boardwalk and Pier - Destin, FL
Built with Ecolife
Build with Preserve CA
Viance 3-Part Specifications at ARCAT
Complete CSI 3-part and Canadian CSC architectural specs are located at this link and can easily be downloaded, customized for your residential or commercial project, and included in your master spec for future use.
D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood
D-Blaze treated lumber and plywood are designed for interior applications where the fire retardant construction materials are specified or required by building code. D-Blaze has 35 years of proven performance in being highly effective at controlling the spread of flame and reducing smoke development as a result of fire. The D-Blaze fire-retardant treatment is built-in fire protection throughout the lumber and plywood through the pressure treating process.
Product Specifications and Information
Buy American Act
Download Buy American Act letter here.
Dear Valued Customer,
This letter serves as compliance certification that Viance preservatives for the following brand(s) are manufactured in the United States and meet the requirements of the Buy American Act.
(1) D-Blaze® - Fire retardant treated wood and plywood for interior use
(2) Preserve® CA-C - Copper Azole Type C for residential, commercial and agricultural use
(3) Preserve® CA-B - Copper Azole Type B for residential, commercial and agricultural use (Canada)
(4) SupaTimber® CCA - Chromated Copper Arsenate for industrial and commercial applications
On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order that strengthens the Buy American Act provisions, pushing federal agencies to buy more products made in the United States and closing loopholes in the existing provisions.
The Buy American Act applies to all U.S. federal government agency purchases of goods over $10,000 and under the Trade Agreement Act threshold (generally $182,000 for supply contracts and $7,008,000 for construction contracts). When purchased by federal entities for public use, the Act requires that these goods be produced in the U.S. and at least 50 percent of the cost of their components must come from the U.S.
Products that do not meet the definition of domestic end product are subject to a price penalty, although there are certain waivers and exceptions. The Order creates a “Made in America Office” to manage the waiver process, increase scrutiny of waiver requests and ultimately reduce the number of waivers granted.
If you should need further information, please contact your sales representative or anyone at our office so that we may assist you.
Thank you for your interest in Viance products.
Eastern Region Sales
Western Regional Manager
- CSI 3-PART SPECS
- Green Product Certifications and Contribution Points for Building Rating Systems
ULTRAPOLE® NXT poles and crossarms with DCOI
UltraPole NXT poles and crossarms are formulated with the active ingredient DCOI, an environmentally advanced oil-borne preservative designed for utility infrastructure for wood poles and crossarms.
UltraPole NXT for SYP Information Sheet
UltraPole NXT for DF Information Sheet
UltraPole NXT and DCOI Product Page
D-Blaze FRTW ICC-ES ESR-2645 with California Supplement
D-Blaze City of Los Angeles Research Report – RR24502
D-Blaze BXUV V335 Fire Resistance Ratings ANSI/UL
D-Blaze California State Fire Marshal – Building Materials Listing (BML) 2080-0101 Treated Lumber
D-Blaze California State Fire Marshal - OFSM Building Materials Listing (BLM) 2080-0100 Plywood
D-Blaze Technical Specifications Brochure
D-Blaze Technical Specifications Brochure - French
D-Blaze Product Information - French
D-Blaze - Understanding FRTW Preservative Options
Commercial Construction Benefits Using D-Blaze
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin – CSA O80 Standards
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin – Contact with Concrete or Masonry Foundations
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin – NFPA 703-12 Edition
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin – USGBC LEED Credits Chart
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin – USGBC LEED Information for Wood Products
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - Fire-Resistant Construction - 2015 IRC Section R302
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - IBC Building Code Update
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - FAQs
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - Fasteners for Use with D-Blaze FRTW
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - Handling Requirements
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - NYC Code Acceptance
D-Blaze Technical Bulletin - Substitution of FRTW for Untreated Lumber and Plywood in Manufactured Wall Assemblies
D-Blaze Finishing and Adhesives
D-Blaze Construction Types - Definitions
D-Blaze UL BUGV.R10950 Treated Plywood
D-Blaze UL BUGV Guide Info Treated Plywood
D-Blaze UL BUGV.R10950 Treated Plywood - Canada
D-Blaze UL BPVV7.R10647 Treated Lumber
D-Blaze UL BPVV Guide Info Treated Lumber
D-Blaze UL BPVV7.R10647 Treated Lumber - Canada
D-Blaze UL BPVV7 Guide Info Treated Lumber - Canada
D-Blaze UL GreenGuard GOLD Certificate of Compliance - UL 2818 - 2013 Gold Standard for Chemical Emissions for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings (includes California Department of Public Health standards for offices and classrooms)
D-Blaze UL GreenGuard Standard Certification
D-Blaze VOC Content and Red List Free Compliance
Free Online CE Course
AIA Course VIA06C - Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) for Commercial and Residential Structures
D-Blaze 50-Year Limited Warranty
D-Blaze 50-Year Limited Warranty - French
D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood Page
SDS - D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood
Ressources En Francais
D-Blaze Specifications Techniques
D-Blaze Garantie Limitee De 50 Ans
D-Blaze Bulletin technique: Foire aux questions
D-Blaze Bulletin technique: Exigences de manipulation
D-Blaze Bulletin technique: Fixations pour le bois ignifuge
D-Blaze Bulletin technique: Contact avec les fondations de beton ou de maconnerie
D-Blaze Bulletin technique: Finition et adhesifs
PRESERVE® CA-C and CA-B
Preserve CA is copper azole and contains 100% recycled copper and is available in ground contact or above ground applications depending on the preservative retention level in the wood. Check the end tag for proper use.
The Preserve CA-C, Copper Azole Type C preservative formulation is made of 96.1 % soluble copper and organic triazole co-biocides; tebuconazole and propiconazole, which help control copper-tolerant fungi. Preserve CA-C is widely used across the USA.
The Preserve CA-B, Copper Azole Type B formulation is very similar, also made of 96.1% soluble copper and 3.7% tebuconazole. Preserve CA-C has been registered for use in Canada since 2002.
Preserve CA Product Information - US
Preserve CA Product Information - CANADA
Preserve CA-B and Preserve ACQ Comparison - CANADA
Preserve CA Green Certified Product
Preserve CA Lifetime Limited Warranty - USA
Preserve CA Lifetime Limited Warranty - Canada
Preserve CA Lifetime Limited Warranty - Canada - French
SDS - Preserve CA Pressure Treated Wood
SDS - Preserve CA Pressure Treated Wood - Canada - French
PRESERVE® ACQ (In 2020, ACQ wood treatment was converted to CA)
ACQ is alkaline copper quaternary. Viance introduced this arsenic-free, water-based preservative in 1992, which replaced CCA when it was phased out for residential use in 2004. Preserve ACQ contains 100% recycled copper.
In 2020, the quaternary used in ACQ was diverted for use in healthcare products due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All treaters have now switched to CA.
Preserve ACQ Product Information – US
Preserve ACQ Product Information – CANADA
Preserve CA and ACQ Similarities and Differences
Preserve CA-B and ACQ Similarities and Differences
Preserve ACQ Technical Bulletin – Fastener Information
Preserve ACQ / CA-B Technical Bulletin CSA O80 Use Category
Preserve ACQ / CA-B Technical Bulletin Parks Canada
Preserve ACQ Wins 2002 EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Preserve ACQ Lifetime Limited Warranty - US
Preserve ACQ Lifetime Limited Warranty - Canada
ECOLIFE® / LOWE'S® SEVERE WEATHER® Above Ground Use
Ecolife (EL2) is DCOI or 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-1, a non-metallic, environmentally-advanced preservative for above ground applications that are six inches or more above the ground.
Ecolife was standardized by the AWPA for use in 2008 and is the only preservative standardized with an integrated water repellent.
Benefits include 50% less cracking, straighter boards and water repellency lasting up to three years.
Ecolife is also sold under the Severe Weather® brand at Lowe's®.
Ecolife Green Certified Product
Ecolife Lifetime Limited Warranty
SDS - Ecolife EL2 Pressure Treated Wood
Designwood is a premium, long-lasting colorant that can be added to Preserve CA to infuse color throughout the wood. This provides a finished project from the start with no need to initially stain. Saves a lot of time and money especially for decking, stairs, railing and balusters, bridges and fencing.
DesignWood Product Information
TIMBERSAVER® PT Borate
TimberSaver is a water-borne borate treatment or DOT (disoldium octaborate tetrahydrate). Lower in toxicity, TimberSaver is used for interior treatments for sill plates, framing, furring strips, trusses, joists and sheathing, especially in areas of high termite risk.
TimberSaver PT Fastener Technical Bulletin
TimberSaver PT 20-Year Limited Warranty
TimberSaver Borate Pressure Treated Wood Product Page
SupaTimber is CCA (chromated copper arsenate) used in industrial and commercial applications such as fences, posts, poles and marine facilities.
*SupaTimber CCA is manufactured and sold by Venator, LLC., and marketed by Viance under license.
SupaTimber CCA Pressure Treated Wood Product Page
MoldEX® mildewcide is an isothiazolinone compound for the temporary control of mold and mildew in treated wood building products. MoldEX products are environmentally friendly and do not persist in the environment.
MoldEX Features and Benefits
- Liquid product
- Highly active microbiocide
- Low environmental toxicity
- Easy to incorporate
- Low dosage required, cost-effective
- Good supply and availability
- Global production capabilities
Stable Formulation containing:
MoldEX 45: 45% OIT (2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one; 45% by weight
MoldEX 14: 10.4% CMIT (5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one) and 3.7% MIT (2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one); 14.1% total by weight
The active ingredient is not changed by short-term temperature stress during processing at up to 60°C. However, the product stability is affected by alkalinity and oxidizing agents in the treatment solution. For best results, the treatment solution should be sampled regularly and the active level of MoldEX products monitored and used as required to maintain the desired concentration.
Application and Activity
MoldEX 45 at a concentration in the range of 220 to 250 ppm of active ingredient is recommended for the control of mold in copper azole, type C (Preserve® CA-C) treating solutions.
MoldEX 14 at a concentration in the range of 35 to 45 ppm of active ingredient is recommended for the control of mold in TimberSaver®, D-Blaze® fire retardant treated wood, SupaTimber® CCA and Preserve® CA-C.
Many factors such as humidity, air circulation, depth of penetration, moisture content, mildew and mold affects the performance of the treatment. Therefore, the protection period can vary. Testing and experience from our technical experts will help you determine the solution for your treatment.
- How to Specify Treated Wood
Free CEU Courses Available Online
We sponsor the following two CEU courses:
1. AIA Course Number: VIA06C, "Fire Retardant Treated Wood for Commercial and Residential Structures"
Course Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour
This course provides insight into the growing need for and use of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW). We will explore both interior and exterior FRTW and discuss treatment options. Through a review of applications, codes, and standards, the design professional will have a better understanding of how to incorporate FRTW into their next project.
- Explain how fire-retardant treated wood (FRTW) reduces personal injury and property damage by reducing the spread of flame and smoke
- Discuss the differences between interior and exterior FRTW and common applications of each
- Identify the organizations and codes that ensure FRTW products are standardized and safe for future users, especially in the event of an emergency
- List the various tests and quality control process
2. AIA Course Number: VIA06D, "All Treated Wood is Not the Same."
Course Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour
Protective treatments are important for any wood project, but all treated wood is not the same. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss standards and guidelines for treated wood and preservatives in order to ensure wood projects are safe and code compliant. Participants will learn about important standards, testing methods, and applications that will help them evaluate treated wood for future projects.
- Describe the need for protective treatments that ensure wood projects and buildings remain structurally and environmentally safe
- Identify standards and guidelines created by organizations such as the EPA and AWPA for treated wood andpreservatives
- Recall important research and development testing methods in order to evaluate the environmental and performance characteristics of treated wood
- Apply knowledge of treatments standards for residential deck construction to ensure projects are safe and code compliant
Approved by AIA, Viance's free courses for CEU credits are published on Ronblank.com
AIA Approved Course
American Institute of Architects
Completion Provides: 1 AIA LU CE Hour
RonBlank.com Reports Earned Credits to AIA On Your Behalf
AIBD Approved Course
American Institute of Building Design
Completion Providehttps://www.treatedwood.com/admin/entries/pages/1284-architects#s: 1 AIBD CE Hour
Members Must Self-Report Credits for AIBD
OAA Approved Course
Ontario Association of Architects
Completion Provides: 1 OAA Structured Learning Hour
Members Must Self-Report Credits for OAA
AAA Approved Course
Alberta Association of Architects
Completion Provides: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
Members Must Self-Report Credits for AAA
SAA Approved Course
Saskatchewan Association of Architects
Completion Provides: 1 SAA Core Learning Hour
Members Must Self-Report Credits for SAA
Trusted by the World's Best
Manager, 84 Lumber, Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, NC
"Ecolife is our brand of choice for pressure treated wood for a couple of reasons. We have seen a great reduction in checking as well as an overall improvement in product appearance. This leads to cost reduction and customer satisfaction."
Florida Lumber, Miami, FL
“Florida Lumber has carried Ecolife for over four years, and we keep our lumber stock outside. The Miami weather can be harsh on treated lumber, and we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in cracking and cupping in our inventory compared with other treatments. The other big benefit is Ecolife is fully compatible with fasteners and in our constantly humid and moist climate, that is a big advantage to builders. We’ve done very well with Ecolife, and we probably sell one to two truckloads per week and have lots of repeat customers that return to buy it again.”
Vision Ace Hardware, Wauchula, FL
“Vision Ace Hardware has carried Ecolife for at least three years, and we’ve seen a dramatic drop in our waste from inventory losses. We used to lose approximately 10 to 20 pieces from a 208-piece unit of lumber, and with Ecolife we now lose only 2-3 pieces. Our lumber inventory seems straighter and looks good while in stock here. Our customer base is a mix of commercial and consumer/DIY, and both types of customers have been very happy with Ecolife thus far.”
Orlando Tellez, Owner
Sarasota Fence, Florida
“We use Ecolife almost exclusively now and it has been working great so far. We’ve seen a dramatic decrease in the number of issues like checking and cracking. The treatment can’t fix wood issues, but the chemicals in Ecolife definitely do a great job in helping the wood stand up to the rough weather here in Florida.”
Southern Lumber Millwork, Charleston, SC
“We’ve carried Ecolife since March 2012 and have been pleased so far. We generally turn our truck-load orders quickly and deliver nearly full loads to job-sites, and our contractor customers also seem happy with Ecolife.”
Eric Hayes, Purchasing Director
Parks Building Supply
“We converted our treated lumber to Ecolife at the beginning of 2012. Since the conversion, our cull rates have declined drastically and our loaders have the ability to pull quality loads without having to sift through lumber. We have had zero complaints from customers since the change! Ecolife not only gives Parks a superior product but also gives me the confidence that our customers are going to be completely satisfied, and superior customer service is what we strive to deliver day in and day out."
Rob Thompson, Assistant Manager
Guy C. Lee Building Materials
“We find once we explain and demonstrate the benefits of Ecolife, it’s a hands-down winner, and consumers come looking for it. We stock some #2 and some premium grade dimensional lumber in Ecolife that our professional customers are now also seeking out, and they’ve grown accustomed to finding it in our warehouse. Pros are appreciating the better product performance, and that has helped Guy C. Lee Building Materials stand out by carrying a quality product at a fair price.”
Jim Melchiorre, General Manager
Tri-County Lumber, Berwick, PA
“When you’re trying to be the best in a down economy, it’s tough. We first learned about Ecolife by recommendation from another dealer, and Ecolife has been positively received by our customers since we started carrying it. The Ecolife treated lumber that we sell helps differentiate Tri-Country Lumber from our competition. Ecolife helps us stand out in the marketplace, and we’d never consider switching away from it.”
Bob Heidenreich, Owner
The Deck Store, MN
“Because it repels moisture so effectively, it doesn’t crack and warp in wet environments like other types of treated lumber. We highly recommend it for framing, substructures, and decks. Ecolife is our first choice. You can’t build great decks with bad materials.”
Danny Talbert, President & Owner
Talbert Building Supply, Durham, NC
“Talbert Building Supply has been selling treated lumber from Tucker Lumber for over 20 years. Their quality lumber and service is second to none. Since their conversion to Ecolife, we have had fewer complaints about lumber shrinking and warping. After the unusually hot summer we have experienced, that is very important.”
Legacy Building Company, Roxboro, NC
“We at Legacy Building Company use Ecolife Treated Lumber often and have had no call backs or complaints. We are very happy with the product and will continue to use it on all our projects.”
J.D. Morris Construction, Durham, NC
“I just recently finished a project using Ecolife Treated Lumber which I also plan on entering into the Bass Boat contest. My client, and ex Bass Master, is ecstatic about the project and also the chance of winning a Bass Boat. They could not be happier with the end result or the product. We plan to use it more in the future.”
Yandle’s Building Materials, FL
“We are convinced Ecolife is a better-treated wood product. Out in the yard, boards remain straighter and look nicer for a longer period of time. Our inventory shrinkage is lower due to fewer boards going bad on the rack. Best of all, we have repeat customers coming back and asking for Ecolife because of its performance for them as well. Word of mouth has spread, and business for Ecolife is definitely growing.”
Woodland Building Supply, PA
“We have been very happy with Ecolife Stabilized Wood. We store our treated products outside and have noticed significantly less culling since we switched our inventory to Ecolife.
Ecolife has been a home run for us and our customers. Our customers are very happy with the performance in the field. Ecolife yards better and is a greener, safer product for us and our customers to handle at relatively the same price point.”
Jim Cataquet, Buyer
Williams Lumber, NY
“We switched to Ecolife early on, and Williams Lumber has been very satisfied with Ecolife. Ecolife lumber yards well on our steel racks, and our builders like that it is less corrosive to their fasteners in the field."
Wallace Builder’s Supply, Carrrollton, GA
“We’ve carried Ecolife for about two years and it has a better shelf life than CAC or MCA. We’ve had fewer culls from inventory since making the switch to Ecolife.
Buy Low True Value Hardware, Rockmart, GA
“We’ve sold the dark and lighter treatments in the past, and Ecolife seems to stay “newer” longer. We carry mostly decking and 2-by’s in our covered storage and the inventory holds up better and we’re having fewer culls. We’re very happy with Ecolife here in the store, and I never get complaints from my customers about it.”
Jeff Rorex, Homeowner
“I used Ecolife to build a 24' x 36' deck around my above-ground swimming pool to make the pool easier for people to use. I chose Ecolife because of the consistent uniformity in the appearance of the deck boards and the warranty. I installed a composite deck about ten years ago, and have never really been happy with it, and wish I could have used Ecolife instead back then. The clarity and natural wood beauty of the Ecolife deck boards is impressive, and I have recommended Ecolife to friends and would continue to recommend it in the future.”
Joseph Miranda, Homeowner
“Our home was built 30 years ago, with a ground-level entrance deck up to a landing and front door. After the original deck passed its useful life, we decided to rebuild the deck on its original footprint since it functioned not only as a distinctive entry-way but also as an extended outdoor living space integrated into the front-yard landscape.
We chose Ecolife, first because of its appearance. We wanted the look of authentic wood, in place of the synthetics, the promise of a long life as we had with our original wood deck, and the ease of construction that came with using stabilized, dimensioned wood, as well as the integrated eco-friendly wood preservative and weathering treatments. We also wanted to balance cost with quality, for both final appearance and quality of construction. We were also looking for a product that would weather naturally and hold up well under our challenging coastal climate of heat and humidity. Ecolife fit the bill and has been performing well.”
James Wolfe, Homeowner
“We built a 16’x25’ deck using Ecolife. I am in the process of building benches and flower planter boxes for the perimeter in lieu of a railing. In my area, I had a few lumber yards to choose from and spent a lot of time talking with staff members about their products and of course pricing. The YouTube video describing the product side-by-side with the competitor sample was very helpful and informative, and the “green” benefits and affordable price were also huge in our decision process.
Working with the Ecolife product was very nice compared to other products I have used in the past. The decking also sat in the sun for a few hours and there was no board warping or twisting. The boards cut very easy and did not split while using self-drilling screws even when screw placement was near the edge. I will definitely be using Ecolife when I rebuild my pond dock later this summer!”
Industry Associations & Organizations
American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC)
The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Maryland. The ALSC, comprised of manufacturers, distributors, users, and consumers of lumber, serves as the standing committee for the American Softwood Lumber Standard (Voluntary Product Standard 20) and in accordance with PS 20, administers an accreditation program for the grademarking of lumber produced under the system. That system, the American Lumber Standard (ALS) system, is an integral part of the lumber industry economy and is the basis for the sale and purchase of virtually all softwood lumber traded in North America. The ALS system also provides the basis for acceptance of lumber and design values for lumber by the building codes throughout the United States.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accreditation - assessing the competence of organizations determining conformance to standards.
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
In 1976, a group of visionary home inspectors with the common goal of building consumer awareness and enhancing the professionalism of their field established the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI) . This not-for-profit professional association for home inspectors made its first order of business to establish and advocate high standards of practice and a strict code of ethics for the member community.
American Wood Council (AWC)
Recognized by EPA as the industry's voice, American Wood Council (AWC)'s Environmental Regulation Program engages federal and state government agencies to provide credible data and policy recommendations that ensure the wood products industry's interests are understood and respected and if necessary, advocated in litigation. The industry's unified engagement in the Environmental Regulation Program has been the key to its success over the past decade. In addition, AWC's strong relationships on the Hill provide leverage and oversight of EPA to ensure more balanced policies.
American Wood Protection Association (AWPA)
American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) is a non-profit organization responsible for promulgating voluntary wood preservation standards. AWPA Standards are developed by its technical committees in an ANSI accredited consensus-based process that involves individuals from all facets of the wood preservation industry and AWPA’s Standards are universally specified for wood preservation in the United States and are recognized worldwide.
ARCAT is the leading online resource of FREE building product information. No registration is required. ARCAT offers a wide variety of tools for the AEC community. We have the most extensive and up to date specification library. Our CAD detail library has over 7000 details` in DWG and other formats. SpecWizard is a valuable tool for any spec writer. It automatically configures a complete CSI 3-Part formatted specification in just minutes. ARCAT green reports LEED credits for the building project and materials.
ASTM International—Standards Worldwide (ASTM)
ASTM International—Standards Worldwide (ASTM) - Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association of more than 8,000 professionals. CSI members are experts in building construction and the materials used therein and are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information.
Forest Products Society (FPS)
Forest Products Society (FPS) is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry. Learn about the Society's history. Membership is open to all interested individuals and organizations.
Society members represent a broad range of professional interests including private and public research and development, industrial management and production, marketing, education, government, engineering and consulting. The Society convenes technical conferences, produces several journals including the peer-reviewed Forest Products Journal and publishes books on topics of relevance to the forest products industry.
The Forest Products Society also functions as the distributor for the technical publications of the American Wood Council, which constitutes an invaluable information resource on wood construction for engineers, architects, builders and building code regulators. Topics include engineering data, state-of-the-art design technologies and construction standards.
Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®)
The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC©) mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests.
Green Building Initiative (GBI)
Green Building Initiative (GBI) - Ready to make positive changes for improved building operations, occupant comfort and the climate? Green Globes® identifies opportunities and provides effective tools to achieve success. A nationally recognized green rating assessment, guidance and certification program, Green Globes® works with you to realize sustainability goals for new construction projects, existing buildings and interiors.
Intermountain Roundwood Association (IRA)
Intermountain Roundwood Association (IRA) represents firms engaged in the harvesting, production and marketing of roundwood and associated products, materials and supplies. Through education and training, IRA helps members and consumers stay current on industry trends and new advancements in wood products technology.
International Code Council (ICC)
The International Code Council is a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention. ICC develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.
International Research Group on Wood Preservation (IRG)
The International Research Group provides a forum for scientists to present and publish their works related to wood preservation. Annual meetings are held to allow wood preservation scientists to discuss the latest information and research findings.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
The National Association of Home Builders is a trade association that helps to promote the policies that make housing a national priority. NAHB serves its members, the housing industry, and the public at large. NAHB has a long history in the housing industry and NAHB’s various internal groups analyze policy issues, work toward improving the housing finance system, and analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends.
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
Membership in the National Association Of The Remodeling Industry (NARI)is an investment in your company’s success. NARI is the only association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry: contractors, builders and supply chain partners. NARI’s core purpose is to advance and promote the remodeling industry through professionalism, programs and education.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
National Association Of Women In Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA)
National Lumber And Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers.
North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA)
North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with an emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.
North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA)
North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) members are dedicated to growing and nurturing every aspect of the lumber industry, from the careful stewardship of forest resources, to the harvesting and distribution of lumber products, to championing wood’s role in a greener economy and a healthier planet.
Since our founding in 1893, NAWLA has been at the very heart of the industry– longer than any other lumber organization in America. We represent the best interests of wholesalers, manufacturers, and service provider companies, from the planting of seedlings, to the selling of building materials and wood in all of its many forms.
North American Wood Pole Council (NAWPC)- WoodPoles.org
The North American Wood Pole Council (NAWPC) is an independent council representing the producers of wood poles and crossarms in North America. The Council is supported by member companies from the Western Wood Preservers Institute, Southern Pressure Treaters' Association and Wood Preservation Canada. Visit the NAWPC website, woodpoles.org.
Estimated Service Life of Wood Poles
Performance of Utility Poles in Wild Fire Hazard Areas
Preserved Wood Poles and the Environment
Specifier's Guide Best Management Practices for the Use of Preserved Wood in Aquatic and Sensitive Environments
Wood Pole Design Considerations
Preservative-Treated Wood Poles, Engineered by Nature. Enhanced by Technology.
Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NLMA)
Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NLMA) is the rules-writing agency for Eastern White Pine lumber and the grading authority for Eastern Spruce, Balsam Fir, Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPFs) grouping, and other commercially important eastern softwood lumber species. In addition, NELMA is a leading agency for export wood packaging certification and the marketing voice for the wood products industry in the Northeast.
Railway Tie Association (RTA)
The purpose of the Railway Tie Association (RTA) is to promote the economic and environmentally sound use of wood crossties. The Association is involved in research into all aspects of the crosstie industry and ongoing activities dealing with sound forest management, conservation of timber resources, timber processing, wood preservation, and safety of industry workers.
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Softwood Lumber Board (SLB)
The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential and non-residential construction. Programs and initiatives supported by the SLB focus on increasing the demand for softwood lumber products in the U.S.
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA)
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) - In 1962, 46 lumber manufacturers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina gathered to discuss lack of organized representation of southeastern lumber manufacturers. This group agreed to form a new regional association to be named the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.
Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA)
Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) - SFPA’s mission is to advance the Southern Pine lumber industry, promote the use of member products in domestic and international markets, and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas.
Southern Pressure Treaters' Association (SPTA)
Southern Pressure Treaters' Association (SPTA) Pressure treated wood poles and wood crossarms form the backbone of the electrical and telecommunications system that delivers electricity, phone, cable and internet to our homes and workplaces allowing us to experience a standard of living unparalleled in the world.
Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA)
The Southern Forest Products Association is one of the foremost trade organizations in the forest products industry and represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Southern Pine Awareness Network (SPAN) and Wood, It's Real.
The Southern Pine Awareness Network (SPAN), the funding organization for Wood. It’s Real., was founded in January of 2005 with the goal of raising the awareness of Southern Yellow Pine as a leading building material. Led by funding from members of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA), SPAN is designed to be an information clearing-house for homeowners.
Treated Wood Council (TWC)
The Treated Wood Council serves companies that harvest and saw wood, manufacture wood preservatives, produce pressure-treated wood products, or serve the treated wood industry. The Council monitors and responds to legislation and regulatory activities related to the treated wood industry.
Underwriters Laboratories® (UL)
Underwriters Laboratories is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 66,000 manufacturers’ products each year. UL’s worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries.
United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. EPA works to ensure that:
- Americans have clean air, land and water;
- National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information;
- Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended;
- Environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
- All parts of society--communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
- Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized; and
- Chemicals in the marketplace are reviewed for safety.
Western Wood Products Association
Western Wood Products Association - Supported by Western lumber manufacturers, WWPA delivers lumber grading, quality control, technical, business information and product support services to sawmills as well as those who use Western softwood lumber products throughout the world.
Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI)
The Western Wood Preservers Institute is a nonprofit member trade organization that represents the preserved wood products industry throughout western North America. The primary activities of the WWPI include regulatory and market outreach programs aimed at sustaining a viable western North America preserved wood industry.
Wood it’s Real
Wood it’s Real - The Southern Pine Awareness Network, the funding organization for Wood. It’s Real., was founded in January of 2005 with the goal of raising the awareness of Southern Yellow Pine as a leading building material. Led by funding from members of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA), SPAN is designed to be an information clearinghouse for homeowners.
Wood Preservation Canada (WPC)
Wood Preservation Canada (WPC) is the industry association that represents the treated wood industry in Canada. WPC operates under Federal Charter and serves as a forum for those concerned with all phases of the pressure treated wood industry, including research, production, handling and use and the environment. WPC members are committed to producing safe, quality products in an environmentally sound and progressive manner.
Wood University - Whether you're an architect, engineer, builder or student, Wood University puts engineered wood product training at your fingertips. Fueled by APA – The Engineered Wood Association's extensive resources, Wood University's goal is to expand your understanding of engineered wood products and applications through an easy-to-navigate web format.
Wood Preservative Science Council (WPSC)
Wood Preservative Science Council (WPSC) - Welcome to the site of the Wood Preservative Science Council. On this site you will find sound, scientific information on the wood preservative chromated copper arsenate (CCA) and the suitability of CCA-treated lumber, plywood, poles, piling, and timbers for a range of common applications. The data support that CCA-treated wood is safe when used as recommended.
Wood Works provides free technical support as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks field teams have expertise in a wide range of building types, from schools and mid-rise/multi-family, to commercial, office, retail, public, institutional and more. Our objective is to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings at less cost.