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Innovative new wood products and building systems are coming into the marketplace that will allow designers, engineers and builders to expand the range of wood products used in buildings. It is known that nationally more than 70 percent of commercial buildings that could be built with wood according to local and state buildings codes are built with other materials such as steel or masonry. The 2015 International Building Code (IBC) has provisions for wood in nearly all commercial building use groups. Nevertheless, misconceptions about building code limitations on wood construction for commercial buildings still exist. The biggest deterrents to using wood are:

  1.  The building owner (agency) does not ask for, nor is led to a choice of wood as a construction material because they are unaware of the choice, and 
  2.  Designers are unaware of the rules detailing how or when wood can be used successfully.