Company representatives from across the wood products industry recently converged on Atlanta, Georgia for the American Wood Council’s (AWC) second annual members meeting. 

This year’s theme, Regulatory Chaos – From Boilers to Buildings, underscored the feeling among those in the industry that from how products are produced, to their acceptance in the marketplace, the volume of regulations companies face is increasing exponentially.  

Discussion at the meeting included Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), formaldehyde, methanol, wood dust, building energy codes, and green building regulations and the impact of each on wood construction.

AWC president Robert Glowinski said: “Attendees at this meeting learned of the breadth of the regulations minefield the industry is facing and how those issues are being addressed, from environmental regulation at mill sites, controls on employee exposures, environmental labels affecting product use, and regulations that increasingly define and limit products used in construction.