Action Alert! Keep the Public Safe from Tall Wood Buildings

action alert


The International Code Council (ICC) will soon vote on proposed code changes that would allow tall wood buildings to be built up to 18 stories, despite taking into consideration the lack of rigorous scientific testing or in-the-field fire and structural testing!

Why should these TALL WOOD proposals for mass timber construction be stopped?

UNTESTED: Wood-industry funded tests performed in the U.S. and Canada were completely inadequate, failing to examine real-world structural risk factors, potential firefighting safety impacts from weather, and material-related risk factors to public health and safety.   

UNPROVEN: While non-combustible concrete and steel have been used for centuries to build tall buildings and structures, mass timber products, like cross-laminated timber, are unknown and unproven construction materials.

UNSOUND: Common sense knows, and history shows, that TALL WOOD buildings are high-risk and dangerous to public health and safety when it comes to natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes and wildfires.


Step One: Submit your public comments in opposition of the proposed changes. Click here to download the step-by-step directions for submitting comments on the ICC website. It's a bit complicated and time-consuming, but if you follow the directions exactly, it should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time. You may also call our office for help from one of the ACPA staff who will be glad to assist you!

Step Two: Forward this email to your contractors who may be unaware of this crisis attacking the concrete industry, as well as your employees and other vendors. If you know a firefighter, ask them to submit comments. The more emails the better!

Step Three: Once complete, send an email to Sue Schumacher so that we can track the emails through the ICC process.


HURRY!!! Deadline for comments is July 16, 2018!