Information for Developers of Wood Protection Products
Chemical manufacturers and other developers of products that protect wood understand the value of AWPA standardization. AWPA is indeed the "Gold Standard" of wood protection, and those products which are listed by AWPA have undergone the highest degree of scrutiny by experts in wood protection. While "time-to-market" is important, science has demonstrated that three years (or more) is the minimum duration for field testing. Providing a complete data package with sufficient data to AWPA demonstrates a commitment to manufacturing products with the interest of the end user in mind.
How are AWPA standardized products listed in the building codes?
First, AWPA Standard U1 is listed directly in the major model building codes (the International Building Code and the International Residential Code) in applications where preservative treated wood is required. Therefore, the listing of any preservative treated wood product in Standard U1 means that it is accepted under the major model codes.
How much does AWPA Standardization cost?
AWPA charges no fees for standardizing wood preservative products. Proponents may incur costs in developing data for submission to AWPA, but AWPA does not require manufacturers to pay for listings or review of proposals.
What kind of data are needed to submit a standardization proposal to AWPA?
For wood preservatives, Guidance Document A provides data submission guidelines. Guidelines documents for other products such as fire retardants, millwork, finishes, etc., may also be found on the AWPA Guidance Document web page.
Do we have to reveal any proprietary formulations or secret ingredients to AWPA?
AWPA's regulations require that active ingredients are disclosed, but not other ingredients. What does AWPA consider to be an active ingredient? An active ingredient (protectant) is any component of a wood protection system that protects the wood - these products would need to be disclosed in the proposal and data package submitted to AWPA. Additives such as water repellents, dispersing agents, or pigments may help retard leaching, improve penetration, or slow the process of UV degradation, but they are not active ingredients and would not normally need to be disclosed. Please consult the AWPA Technical Committee Regulations for more information.
Why should I be involved in the standards development process?
For starters, standards ultimately save money for most organizations. By establishing the properties of various products, standards provide uniformity in application as well as a clear definition of product characteristics. This can lead to product interchangeability and greater public acceptance of certain classes of products. By becoming an active participant in the standardization process, individuals have better access to new information, can influence the content of standards, and can develop new markets for products. Click on the logo to see how standards can help your business.
How much treated wood is sold every year, and how much preservative is used?
As a Standards Development Organization, AWPA does not track market information. The most recent surveys on treated wood products manufactured in the U.S. have been conducted by the Southern Pine Council. Contact them for additional information.
Where can I find the fungal cultures necessary to perform laboratory tests?
Most of the wood-destroying fungi referenced in our laboratory evaluation standards can be obtained from ATCC. Please visit the ATCC Standards website and type AWPA in the search bar located in the upper right corner of the home page to purchase the fungal standards needed.