American Composites Manufacturers Association
Can search for companies by name, product or location; provides glossary, market statistics, downloadable technical papers. Offers for sale "Composites Design Manual"; "Handbook of Sandwich Construction"; "Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Architectural Products"; "Safe Handling of Advanced Composites"; "Keller's Official OSHA Safety Handbook"; safety supervision handbook; emission control guide; other technical manuals. Pultrusion Industry Council provides properties of pultruded glass fiber-reinforced structural products and comparisons to structural timber, aluminum, steel. Fiberglass Grating Manufacturers Council provides draft "Fiberglass Grating Manual."
American Fiberboard Association
Can download technical documents on Sound Deadening Fiberboard, Roof Fiberboard, and Fiberboard Sheathing; can ordering Standard Specification for Cellulosic Fiber Insulating Board.
American Fiber Manufacturers Association
Provides information about manufactured fabrics; Quick Guide to Manufactured Fibers; list of member companies; manufactured fiber tariff schedules; production figures.
American Forest and Paper Association
Wood Products provides information about standards and global building code activities; archival issues of International Wood News; Trade and Environment reports. Environment and Recycling provides overview of environmental policies, workplace safety issues; recycling resources.
American Hardwood Export Council
Contains online Species Guide, Illustrated Guide to American Hardwood Lumber Grades and supplier directory.
American Institute of Timber Construction
Provides design and manufacturing standards, manuals and guides for free download or sale online; technical notes and selected standards and guides for free download; design and technical tables available for download.
American Lumber Standards Committee
Untreated Program provides contact information; full text of lumber standard enforcement regulations; foreign lumber policy; lists of species by species and by country; machine graded lumber policy and list of approved machines; recommended spans for decking; American Softwood Lumber Standards; and other documents. Treated Program provides program policy, enforcement regulations and survey methodology.
American Wood Council
Provides technical design, building code and fire code information; span tables; span calculators; updates on design manuals; answers to frequently asked technical questions; information on continuing and professional education programs; list of seminars; software; codes, standards and technical publications for free download and for sale. Can download free brochures, articles and technical reports, including standards and manuals on wind and seismic design; fire resistance; endurance for wood products. Lists code experts.
American Wood Preservers' Association
Provides technical information about APWA standards, treated wood use and maintenance, and wood preservatives. Can download technical articles on material selection for outdoor wood structures and the effects of treatment on physical and mechanical properties of wood. Publications lists standards available for sale online.
APA – The Engineered Wood Association
Provides information about plywood and other engineered-wood products; code evaluation reports on engineered wood products. Offers "Design Solutions with Engineered Wood" technical seminar for code officials and other building professionals; case studies of plywood use in construction; engineered wood construction guides, installation guides, technical notes, engineering bulletins; technical documents on specialty applications; builder tips on wood-related construction issues. Offers technical literature sets, videos for sale. Includes information, data tables, drawings for hurricane shutter designs. Describes quality inspection, testing, research programs. Provides full-text articles from current Engineered Wood Journal and archive of some articles since 2004. Can search member directory by name, product or state. Lists trade shows and seminars. Build a Better Home program offers construction details and tips to prevent moisture intrusion in residential foundations, walls, roofs.
Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.
Provides industry standards, species guide, information on wood uses; lists member producers, distributors, exporters, landowners, forestry consultants.
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Full text of quality standards can be downloaded. Lists member companies by name, location and product category; technical publications available for sale. Provides online form to register a project for AWI Quality Certification.
Sponsored by the Wood Promotion Network, a coalition of North American wood product companies and related industry associations. Provides information about wood properties, performance and certification; technical information about softwood lumber and engineered lumber; information, links and articles about structural and non-structural applications; and links to building codes, span calculators, fire ratings, associations, news and other resources.
California Redwood Association
Resources for professional builders include fire resistance information, technical literature, information on grades, finish chart, information on redwood technical issues, "how-tos" and performance. Contains articles and data sheets about redwood forests; FAQ database; links to redwood-related sites. Can download free technical bulletins and data sheets on redwood uses, design and performance. Provides resources for homeowners. Lists redwood suppliers, lumber mills.
Canadian Hardwood Plywood and Veneer
Publications offers for sale online handbook; veneer species guide and selection guide; product guide; official grading rules for Canadian hardwood plywood and rotary cut face veneers. Includes directory of member suppliers.
Canadian Plywood Association
Contains product standards, technical brochures, Material Safety Data Sheets, technical notes, International User's Guide, green building factsheets, online seminars and video presentations.
Canadian Wood Council
Design includes design drawings and considerations; online calculators; fire safety and fire resistance technical information and documents; links to wood design software and manuals for sale; building science guide, with sections on internal barriers, external barriers, thermal insulation, sound control; building code reference information and links. Applications includes downloadable guides for light framing, post and beam, foundations, landscaping. Publications lists engineering publications for sale and case studies, technical bulletins, fact sheets, design plans, workbooks available for download. Products provides technical information, grades, sizes and design values for wood products; drawings for connections; manufacturer list; code conformance and reference tools; manuals, workbooks, other technical publications for download or for sale. Includes technical bulletins; code updates; wood glossary.
Carbeck Structural Components Institute
Offers wood truss construction, fire performance, other educational programs; online presentations; technical materials for download.
Provides Design Specification Guide for Chemonite wood preservative; listing of producers; usage guide with photos; technical Q&As; safety information; research reports.
Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) and Its Use as a Wood Preservative
Compilation of EPA articles, fact sheets, notices and guidelines on the use and handling of chromated copper arsenate-treated wood, which has been used for landscaping and construction, including decks, fences, porches and play structures.
Composite Panel Association
Contains Buyers and Specifiers Guide to Particleboard and Medium Density Fiberboard. Can view some ANSI standards and technical bulletins online and order other standards and technical bulletins.
Department of Agriculture, Forest Products Laboratory
Leading wood research institute. Can download "Wood Handbook," "Wood as Engineering Material" and "Drying Hardwood Lumber"; browse publications by topic (fire safety, wood deck construction, finishing, composites, sawing) or type (research notes and papers, technical reports). Provides links to research units, including engineering properties, building moisture and durability, wood preservation, structure rehabilitation, fire safety. Includes painting and finishing factsheets. Advanced Housing Research Center provides research reports on the use of wood in housing; moisture management resources. Residential Moisture Management Network provides technical information about mold and wood-based products; links to mold remediation resources.
Forest Certification Resource Center
Includes overview of product certification process, list of accredited certifiers, articles, information about wood products, list of green building programs with wood-related credits. Provides searchable databases of more than 800 certified forests and 4,500 certified forest product manufacturers and distributors worldwide. Can browse certified products directory; search for certification status by company name or number.
Provides links to wood products manufacturers; commercial service providers; wood industry equipment manufacturers and distributors; directories; and forest product certification links.
Forest Products Association of Canada
Resource Centre includes buyer's guides for pulp, paper, wood products; list of producers by product type; Forest Certification Portal, which provides directory of certified forests and forest products.
Forest Products Society
Can view feature articles from current and archival issues of Forest Products Journal. Offers for sale online articles from Wood Design Focus on seismic, structural, code, design, other issues. Provides searchable PCforest database of more than 14,000 patent, book, article, technical report abstracts.
Forestry Innovation Investment
Agency created by the government of British Columbia to promote environmentally progressive forest products and practices. Sustainable Forest Management includes information about regulation of forest practices; third-party certification programs and forest certification standards; wood product use guidelines; physical properties and working properties of wood organized by species; design recommendations; performance fact sheets.
Forest Stewardship Council
Creates, maintains standards; supports sustainable forest management practices. Can download "Designing and Building with FSC" Guide. Provides information about Designing and Building with FSC Award and AIA-accredited training program. Lists certified companies and accredited certifiers. Document List includes certification fact sheets, criteria, procedures; regional forest certification standards; international fact sheets. Product Search contains FSC International Database and Metafore International Database of approved vendors, products.
Includes tropical hardwood product and project gallery; density and strength specifications; installation and care instructions. Can order product samples online.
Forintek Division of FPInnovations
Canada's national wood products research institute. Publications and Software offers fact sheets on lumber technical issues, properties and Wood Protection Bulletin for free download; other publications can be ordered online.
Handbook, published by the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, provides information on the physical properties and uses of hardwood species by type of species or by project (construction, industrial, interiors). Includes hardwood glossary.
Hardwood Manufacturers Association (American Hardwood Information Center)
Provides hardwood technical basics. Online brochure series offers specifiers and building professionals technical information about selection, installation and care of hardwood products, product trends by project type, specifications. Species Guide provides physical and working properties for 21 North American hardwoods. Lists member associations; includes technical FAQs; technical FAQs for hardwood floors; green design and building information.
Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Can purchase technical standards online. Provides information about product testing services and veneer cutting techniques; product information; supplier directory; information for specifiers; form to order hardwood plywood.
International Association of Plastic Distributors
Can search for distributors by name, location, product category. Online bookstore offers for sale business management and technical publications. E-plastics.org is an excess inventory portal where members can post excess inventory for sale and visitors can browse offerings.
International Cast Polymer Association
Contains cast polymer master specifications; updates on ANSI/ICPA Performance Standard for Solid Surface Materials; guidebooks and manuals for sale; product directory; kitchen and bath materials performance matrix; project library.
International Log Builders' Association
Contains "Log Building Standards for Residential, Handcrafted, Interlocking, Scribe-Fit Construction"; log chinking standards; product directory. Provides directory of member consultants, designers, engineers. Classifieds includes help wanted postings for log builders and related trades.
International Surface Fabricators Association
Trade Specifiers contains specification guideline, overview of definition and performance standard for solid surface materials, and product application guidelines.
International Tropical Timber Organization
Provides technical reports on timber certification and life cycle.
International Wood Products Associatiom
Can search member directory by company name, location, product. Marketplace offers for sale product standards and specifications.
Log Homes Council
Provides fire performance and energy efficiency documents, tech notes, articles. Can search member companies by location or building type.
Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association
Contains "Architects and Specifiers Buyer's Guide"; FAQs; position statements; grading rules for maple flooring; floor finish list and specifications; flooring guide specifications; industry recommendations for sanding, sealing, finishing, resurfacing maple gym floors; life cycle cost comparison for maple and synthetic sports flooring; performance characteristics guide; recommendations for installation processes; "Incidence of Injury Study: Maple Flooring vs. Synthetic"; "Game Markings Manual"; directory of wood flooring contractors.
Blue Book provides directory of wood industry designers and manufacturers of cabinets, fixtures, seating, millwork, other wood and laminate panel products.
MSR Lumber Producers Council
Offers "Illustrated Guide to Hardwood Lumber Grades," "Rules Book," standard grades chart. Provides heat treatment information; international standards; approved regulation guidelines; information about lumber grading certification program; list of inspectors. Provides links to member companies; equipment and services directory; list of events and training; discussion forum. Offers short courses on lumber grading and drying hardwood lumber. Lumber Inspection School provides curriculum overview, sample tests, fee schedule, calendar, registration packet, forms.
National Hardwood Lumber Association
Offers "Illustrated Guide to Hardwood Lumber Grades," "Rules Book," standard grades chart. Provides heat treatment information; international standards; approved regulation guidelines; information about lumber grading certification program; list of inspectors. Provides links to member companies; equipment and services directory; list of events and training. Offers short courses on lumber grading and drying hardwood lumber. Lumber Inspection School provides curriculum overview, sample tests, fee schedule, calendar, registration packet, forms.
National Lumber Grades Authority
Publications offers standard grading rules, grading manual, product standards for grades of Canadian lumber.
National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association
Contains technical manuals on Finishing Hardwood Flooring and Installing Hardwood Flooring; tip sheets for oak flooring performance, handling, storage and troubleshooting; hardwood strip flooring estimating calculator; wood floor care manual; buyers' guide; technical FAQs; grading and milling standards. Provides information about Certified Wood Flooring Inspector Program; lists certified inspectors.
National Wood Flooring Association
Provides basic information about styles, types, cuts and finishes of wood flooring; member companies listed by location; full text of brochures on selecting and caring for wood floors; interactive design studio; technical FAQs. Find a Product, Hardwood Floors Resource Book lists product suppliers, manufacturers, consultants and contractors by location, keyword or product category.
North American Wholesale Lumber Association
Can search member directory by company name, location, product, species, facility type, mode of transportation.
Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
Provides Eastern White Pine grade photo sheets, Eastern pattern chart, grading rules, design values, gradestamp interpretations, and member manufacturer and service provider directory.
Northwestern Lumber Association
Offers for sale Truss Plant Manual; lumber and roof framer reference guides.
Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau
Can download species guides and grading rules.
Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing
Publications contains "Quality Assurance System for Wood Framing Contractors" and other wood technical publications.
Plastic Lumber Trade Association
Lists ASTM standards for recycled-plastic lumber; can view annual State of Recycled Plastic Lumber reports.
Offers searchable database of summary datasheets for more than 60,000 plastic products from 500 suppliers. Registered users can search for plastic materials information by product name, manufacturer, generic family, grade or uses to find product descriptions, status, availability, test standards, additives, fillers and reinforcements, recycled content, product features, uses, forms, appearance, processing methods. Contains online CostMate injection molding part cost estimator; plastics glossary; test method descriptions; price reports; industry directory; articles; reports.
Railway Tie Association
Includes "Handbook for Commercial Timbers Used by the Crosstie Industry," RTA specification booklet, research papers and articles, historical wood preserving documents, environmental resources.
SABIC Innovative Plastics
Plastics and polymer industry resource center. Contains material datasheets, plastics engineering calculators, technical and market information, design and product guides, technical tips, plastics industry glossary, discussion forums and other resources. Registered users can research, price and buy materials online and can track order status. Contains directory of plastics industry companies organized by specialty categories, with contact names, numbers, Web site links and description of services and products.
Provides information about wood products certification; certified manufacturer listings by product; summaries of initial assessment reports; certification guidelines, forms and Q&As; regional guidelines and standards.
Society of Wood Science and Technology
Offers for sale online "Characterization of the Cellulosic Cell Wall" and articles from Wood and Fiber Science quarterly; includes free environmental issue briefs.
Softwood Export Council
Includes regional market research reports; technical publications in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Spanish; and links to pricing, product, species and forest certification information.
Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association
Contains information on the technical properties of cypress; design, installation and finishing guides for cypress siding; member listings.
Southern Forest Products Association
Provides events calendar; newsletter; announcements; links.
Southern Pine Council
Contains technical information on lumber products, including headers and beams; design values; joist and rafter span tables; specification assistance, including lists of standard lumber sizes; American Softwood Lumber Standard; specification guidelines; grade marks; and species comparisons. Catalog contains ordering information for technical literature and reference materials, including buyer's guides, guides to wood design and use, wood construction manuals. Can download Southern Pine by Design newsletter issues, Post Frame Construction Guide, Permanent Wood Foundations: Design and Construction Guide, Guide to Pine Flooring and Pressure Treated Southern Pine Guide. Provides technical FAQs; help line; information about termites, millwork and materials handling. Lists wood seminars at universities and wood industry events. Contains databases of dealers, distributors and producers.
Span Calculator for Canadian and U.S. Species
This convenient tool, offered by the Canadian Wood Council, calculates spans (rafters, headers and joists) for common species of Canadian and U.S. dimension lumber.
Adhesives and Sealants contains database of polymer additives searchable by additive family, polymer, supplier or trade name; technical information and documents for all major additive groups; new product features; industry news. Registered users can read technical articles and submit technical inquiries online. Plastics and Elastomers provides polymer selector database; registered users can read trend reports, innovation briefs, other features.
Structural Board Association
Provides technical resources on oriented strand board, including code brochure, residential construction guide, wood frame construction guide, renovation guide, industrial applications brochure, design manual, industrial and construction applications brochure, specification sheets, technical bulletins, product directory and reference library for architects.
Timber Frame Business Council
Can download "Guide to Building Timber Frame Home," "Specification for Timber Frame Construction," technical notes and supplier directory; can order other technical publications.
Timber Framers Guild
Tools provides Excel and Lotus spreadsheets of Hawkindale angle calculations. Includes Resource Guide directory of timber framers and service providers; discussion forum; technical articles on trusses for download. Offers for sale timber joinery graphic guide, "Timber Frame Joinery and Design Workbook," and issues of Timber Framing.
ToolBase Services: The Home Building Industry's Technical Information Resource
Wood Frame Construction includes technical articles and fact sheets.
Products provides technical fact sheets; product specifications; MSDS; photos; brochures; warranties; FAQs on pressure-treated products. Provides directory of treatment equipment; tips on handling, safety, installation, maintenance; product news; distributor directory; plans for DIY projects; performance requirements.
Truss Plate Institute
Contains select chapters and order information for National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction; list of current standards; and downloadable technical reports.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Building Materials and Wood Technology
Includes more than 50 technical publications on technical and structural properties of wood listed by title or by author; can search by keyword.
Vinyl Siding Institute
Contains downloadable Vinyl Siding Installation Guide, technical FAQs, information about product certification program, list of certified products, and information on fire properties of vinyl siding.
West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau
Contains "Allowable Properties for Dimension Lumber," "Grade Stamps for West Coast Lumber," "Simple Span Tables for Light Frame Construction," technical reports.
Western Hardwood Association
Includes hardwood specifications; descriptions of Pacific Northwest species.
Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Provides specifications and handbooks on cedar use; siding installation guide; finishing and maintenance guides and tips; examples of architectural uses of Western red cedar; and Cedar Outdoor Guide for small building projects. Links to affiliated sites with additional technical information on cedar siding, decks, fences, gates and outdoor uses. Includes guides to installation, finishes, retailers, distributors, grades, sizes, spans, fasteners. Provides tools for consulting experts; specifications; information on restoration, decks, railings, stairs; training; newsletters, brochures.
Western Wood Preservers Institute
Contains technical articles and information about supply sources, specifications, use, quality assurance, utility poles, water repellents for treated wood, safe use, use of treated wood in aquatic applications, and other treated wood issues.
Western Wood Products Association
Contains online design suite with lumber specifications, including design values and properties for construction products; publications on mold in wood products; Online Lumber Technical Guide; Lumber Buyers Guide; span tables; Machine Stress Rated Lumber Guide; Western Lumber Product Use Manual; Technical Notes; Standard Patterns Book; WWPA mill number list; and ordering information for publications, including lumber use manuals and product specifications.
Provides safety resource guides for structural wood products used in residential construction; overview of fire performance of wood products.
Wood Component Manufacturers Association
Registered users can access interactive supplier source guide. Offers for sale wood component specifications and buyer's guide; lists member companies.
Registered users can access forestry industry profiles for more than 140 countries.
Wood Floor Resource Group
Standard Product Selector organizes wood products by species, color filter, finish, construction type, installation method, measurement and shape. Downloads includes brochure comparing solid and engineered wood; architectural wood brochure; technical specification for species; solid and engineered wood installation guidelines; care and maintenance guides; marketing brochures by product collection. Eco Product Selector sorts wood products by LEED credits, eco-attributes, construction type, measurement. Eco Issues includes overview of ecological properties of flooring products, green building as it affects wood flooring, sustainable forestry practices, building product comparisons, comparison of forest certification systems. Downloads includes brochures on Green Resource Underlayment and green exotic flooring.
International wood industry directory and marketplace. Includes directories of trade representatives organized by product categories. Trade Board posts product and service offers and requests. Members can post product and service messages and sign up for e-mail notification of specific categories of postings.
Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association
Can order pattern books and technical videos online; search membership database by product; includes design gallery; postings of equipment for sale.
Wood Products Manufacturers Association
Lists member companies, with descriptions of their products and links to their Web sites; surplus materials and equipment for sale.
Wood Truss Council of America
Contains information and documents on the fire endurance of trusses, including reference guide and training program. Online Catalog allows users to order documents, codes, standards, videos, services online, including free download of WTCA's standard architectural details for trusses. Technical Resources contains free download of short-form and long-form truss specifications; standards and code updates, position papers; span tables. Education programs include risk management seminar; truss technician training; workshops and seminars related to truss design, installation, inspection. SBCLeg contains legislative positions and policies book; updates on lumber trade, environmental, safety, mold and other issues.
Includes classifieds, gallery, forums, industry news, FAQs, calendar, guides, directories. Can search for woodworking machinery and wood product
manufacturers and distributors by type of machinery or product;
request product quotes online. Wood Doctor provides collection of wood engineering and processing articles organized by topic. Knowledge Base includes collection of articles organized by type of woodwork. Includes lumber buying guide organized by U.S. regions; timber and lumber estimating calculators. Offers books on woodworking for sale.
Woodwork Institute of California
Can view "Manual of Millwork" online, with changes and errata; Casework Design series; technical publications. Contains information about certification and licensing; listings of certified shops and approved products; member directory; events calendar.