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.


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 If you don’t have the 2023 edition, your standards are already outdated!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.



2023 Fall Technical Committee Meetings

Make plans to attend the 2023 Fall Technical Committee Meetings which will take place September 17-21, 2023 in Denver, Colorado at the Le Meridien Downtown Denver Hotel.  The Mile High City has beautiful fall weather, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods and spectacular natural beauty.  Click here for the most current information pertaining to this important meeting, as well as online registration and hotel reservation instructions.  We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

All AWPA Technical and Special Committee members should make plans to attend AWPA's primary 2023 standards development event.  NOTE: The deadline for all Fall 2023 standardization proposals is Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

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