American Wood Protection Association

The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) is a non-profit organization which promulgates voluntary wood preservation standards. AWPA Standards are developed by its technical committees in an ANSI accredited consensus-based process that involves individuals from all facets of wood preservation: Producers of preservatives and preservative components; producers of treated and untreated wood products; end users of treated wood; engineers, architects and building code officials; government entities, academia, and other groups with a general interest in wood preservation. AWPA's Standards are universally specified for wood preservation in the USA, and are recognized worldwide.

AWPA's Mission:

AWPA seeks to improve the performance and longevity of sustainable wood products by developing competent, reliable, international standards through an open, consensus-based process, and to serve society as a resource for knowledge on all aspects of wood protection.

AWPA’s Vision:

AWPA envisions a world that understands the value of the sustainable use of wood products and embraces consensus standards as a means to ensuring the responsible use of the most treasured natural renewable resource: Our forests.


AWPA Selects its Next Executive Vice President

The AWPA Executive Committee is pleased to announce Nicole Butler will be its next Executive Vice President and Secretary, effective January 1, 2024. This selection is the culmination of a long and detailed search process which began in early 2023. The position opening was announced on relevant standards development and executive employment websites. AWPA received resumes and proposals from 244 individuals and organizations and the Executive Committee worked tirelessly to select the right person for the position.  Nicole has 23 years experience at an ANSI accredited standards development organization and a proven track record of organizational strategy and growth. Nicole will be joining us at the 2023 Fall Technical Committee Meetings in Denver, and her transition period into the Executive Vice President position will begin in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Executive Committee is looking forward to Nicole’s leadership for many years to come!


120th Annual Meeting:  April 29-May 2, 2024

Registration is open for AWPA's 120th Annual Meeting in scenic Portland, Maine, April 29-May 2, 2024.  The event will be held in-person at the Westin Portland Harborview.  Visit the 120th Annual Meeting web page for the draft schedule of events, hotel reservation instructions, and other important information.  There's so much to see and do in this unique part of the United States - We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

2023 AWPA Book of Standards

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale of the AWPA Book of Standards? Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development. If you don’t have the 2023 edition, your standards are already outdated!  The 2023 AWPA Book of Standards is available in two versions:

A 688-page printed book which may be purchased online at the AWPA Store, or by mail or fax.  Click here to download a printable order form.

A searchable online version which requires a subscription for access.  Single-user and multi-user subscriptions are available for purchase through the AWPA subscription portal.  After purchase, standards may be accessed online through the AWPA Standards Library.


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