Resources

  Industry Associations:

    •    American Institute of Building Design
    http://www.aibd.org
    Information for residential building designers and architects.

    •    APA -- The Engineered Wood Association
    http://www.apawood.org/
    APA is the leading resource for information about panel products.  Find links to products, application information, and other services.

    •    California Redwood Association
    http://www.calredwood.org/
    Find information on sources, grading, application, and design.

    •    Canadian Wood Council
    http://www.cwc.ca/
    The Canadian Wood Council (the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products) has a mission to maintain and expand markets for Canadian wood products by working with building codes and standards and by developing and communicating technical information to architects, engineers, and builders.

    •    Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau
    http://www.cedarbureau.org/
    Find technical support, product specifications, construction details, and more.

    •    Hardwood Information Center
    http://www.hardwoodinfo.com/
    Find information on the selection, installation, and care of hardwood products.

    •    National Association of Home Builders
    http://www.nahb.org/
    The official website of the NAHB.

    •    Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
    http://www.wrcla.org/
    Get specs  and installation instructions for cedar products.

    •    Western Wood Productions Association
    http://www.wwpa.org/
    Get Information on softwood products, availability, and use.

    •    Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association
    http://www.wmmpa.com/
    WMMPA provides the tools, information, and services necessary to help its members achieve increased sales and profitability.

Codes and Specifications:

    •    American National Standards Institute
    http://www.ansi.org/
    ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the US voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.

    •    Americans with Disabilities Act
    http://www.ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm
    Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    •    Builder Online
    http://www.builderonline.com/
    Get the latest information on the consumer trends, industry news, building techniques, and other topics for builders.

    •    Code Check
    http://www.codecheck.com/
    A resource for general building code information.

    •    Construction WebLinks
    http://constructionweblinks.com/
    Get access to contact info and full text statues, regulations, and administration registers for local and state regulatory agencies.

    •    Environmental Building News
    http://www.buildinggreen.com/
    Get information on Energy efficient, resource efficient, and healthy building practices for environmentally responsible design and construction.

    •    International Code Council
    http://www.iccsafe.org/index.html
    ICC is a non-profit membership association dedicated to preserving public health and safety through effective and efficient use and enforcement of Model Codes.

    •    National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards
    http://www.ncsbcs.org/
    NCSNCS provides technical services, education, and training to members in order to promote safe, affordable, accessible, and efficient buildings.

    •    Specs Online
    http://www.4specs.com/
    Access manufacturers' catalogs, design information, product specs, and Web sites.

Other Resources:

    •    ARCAT.com reference Site
    http://arcat.com/
    Over 300,000 pages of building products, manufacturers, specs, and CAD details.

    •    Dig Safe One-Call Directory
    http://www.digsafe.com/index.html
    Phone numbers for every state to prevents dangerous accidents.

    •    Energy Star
    http://www.energystar.gov/
    Information on energy-efficient fluorescent lights and information for consumers to identify products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money and help protect the environment.

    •    Fine Home Building
    http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/
    Get tips and resources about tools, techniques, materials, and designs.

    •    Housing Zone
    http://www.housingzone.com/
    A link to Reed Business Information.

    •    The Journal of Light Construction
    http://www.jlconline.com/cgi-bin/jlconline.storefront
    Find construction techniques, new products, design ideas, and business solutions.

    •    MSDS Search National Repository
    http://www.msdssearch.com/
    A searchable database of Material Safety Data Sheets for product manufacturers.

    •    Random Lengths
    http://www.randomlengths.com/
    The most widely circulated and respected source of information for the wood products industry.

    •    Sweets Catalog
    http://sweets.com
    The construction industry's premier construction and building product marketplace.

    •    Thomas Register's Guide
    http://www.thomasnet.com/
    Find information on brands, products, or services.

    •    US Census Bureau -- Construction Sector
    http://www.census.gov/mcd/
    Find economic indicators and statistics on residential construction and sales.

    •    US Department of Energy Building America Program
    http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/
    Building technologies for energy-efficient homes that are affordable to build.

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