NEWS RELEASEContact: Michael Beaudry NADRA Executive VP 215-679-4884 Info@NADRA.org
AWPA and ICC Approve New Treated Wood Standards
ICC-ES AC326 – The ICC final effective date of implementation is July 15, 2016.
Quakertown, PA (February 16th, 2016) Many of you may or may not be aware of the discussions that have been taking place regarding potential changes to Treated Wood Standards moving many structural and critical items to a Ground Contact treatment retention level.
NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers.
This mission includes the promotion of proper deck construction, deck safety and ultimately serving the best interest of the consumer. While the Association is made up of professionals from all industry segments, we are aware that consumers use a significant amount of treated wood in DIY projects. The consumer is usually not knowledgeable enough to be able to know the proper uses for which treated wood product they are buying and therefore misuse and misapplication can occur.
Ground Contact treatment is necessary for physically above-ground material when:
- Soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
- There is insufficient ventilation to allow air circulation around the wood
- Material is installed <6 inches above the ground
- Material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with any evidence of decay
- Wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
- Wood is used in tropical climates
- The wood is both:
- Difficult to maintain, repair or replace and
- Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system
Joists and beams for decks and docks fit both of these final criteria and therefore require Ground Contact treatment. Other Ground Contact applications include Ledgers, Posts, Step Stringers and Decking used at Ground Level and on Walkways.
NADRA looks forward to the implementation of the New Standards as a step forward in the industry to providing those who enjoy Outdoor Living with a better, safer improved product and experience.
If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding these changes, please fill out the online form found HERE
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