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and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the national
trade association representing North American manufacturers of central
air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. Site
includes listings of publications and standards, directories of
certified equipment, information on certification, directory of
refrigerants, and links to related organizations.
Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping HVAC contractors to acquire, serve, and satisfy customers. Site includes a contractor locator, HVAC school listings, online member technical information, publications available to members, and consumer information on finding a contractor, choosing a system, and evaluating a system.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional association for architects. Site includes an architect locator tool and links for downloading software to create or obtain paper contracts.
National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, nonprofit organization
that coordinates national and international standards for U.S. companies. Site
includes reference libraries, standards information, accreditation services, news and publications, meetings and events, education
and training information, and a list of web links.
Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC)
The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) represents contractors, their
companies, and their industry nationally where codes and standards are developed.
Site includes resources for concrete contractors, an online newsletter, an online
bookstore, a directory of member contractors, and a page for submitting questions
or requests for information.
Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is a membership organization focused on advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Site includes online versions of the society's journals, news releases, and technical FAQs.
Wood Council (AWC)
The American Wood Council (AWC) develops internationally recognized standards
for wood design and construction. Site includes technical information, codes
and standards, publication information, and software.
Woodwork Institute (AWI)
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association that consists of architectural workers, suppliers, design professionals, and students from around the world. Site includes listings of industry
links and publications, an interactive function for technical assistance, a link to the institute's journal, and manufacturer and supplier directories.
ASME is a nonprofit professional organization that conducts training conferences and professional development courses, sets industrial and manufacturing standards, and publishes books, training materials, etc. Site includes a list of publications, information on current codes and standards, and information on education and training.
Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC)
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) is a trade association of merit
shop contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and related firms in the
construction industry. Site includes industry and government links, legislative
links, a contractor search tool, and information on publications and safety programs.
General Contractors of America (AGC)
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a construction trade association composed
of construction contractors and industry-related companies. Site includes
information on education and training, safety and risk management, and labor and
human resources; contract documents; legislative information; an online bookstore;
and contractor search tools.
ASTM International is
a nonprofit organization that provides a global forum for the development and
publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems,
and services. Site includes information on standards, a digital library of technical publications,
and information on training courses.
The Canada Safety Council is a national, nongovernment, charitable organization
dedicated to safety. Site includes information on various types of safety including
occupational safety, traffic safety, child safety, and safety at home, as well
as information on safety training courses, publications, and educational material.
Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) promotes a safe
and healthy working environment by providing information and advice about occupational
health and safety. Site contains health and safety information, a products
and services catalog, web-based chemical databases, "OSH answers search," and
links to other occupational health and safety sites. CCOHS also operates a question-answering
service on workplace health and safety accessible by phone, mail, or the Internet.
Construction Association (CCA)
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is a trade association of the Canadian
construction industry that sponsors conferences, provides a newsletter and bulletin,
and lobbies the government on behalf of the industry. Site includes information
on standards, industry statistics, certification information, and a listing of
Plywood Association (CANPLY)
The Canadian Plywood Association (CANPLY) represents and serves Canadian plywood,
veneer, and veneer composite product manufacturers. Site includes general
plywood information, product details, certification and testing information, publications,
and technical notes.
Standards Association (CSA)
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a nonprofit association serving business,
industry, government, and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. Site
includes a link for purchasing standards; links to related organizations
including standards, plumbing, health, and safety; news and events; career opportunities;
an online store and catalog; and membership information.
Wood Council (CWC)
The Canadian Wood Council represents Canadian manufacturers of wood products used
in construction. Site includes product information, design information, a
listing of publications, and education information.
Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI)
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) aims to increase the use of reinforced
concrete in the construction industry. Site includes an online store for publications
and software, free downloadable publications, a listing of links to related organizations,
and technical information on applications such as paving.
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is an organization of individuals and organizations such as architects, engineers, constructors, specifiers and suppliers of construction products, building owners, and facilities managers. It provides technical information and products and continuing education. Site includes an online bookstore that includes codes and standards, a facility for searching the site or the broader World Wide Web, a list of FAQs, and contact information.
APA - The Engineered Wood Association
APA - The Engineered Wood Association is an organization of manufacturers of engineered
wood products such as glulam, oriented strand board, plywood, laminated veneer
lumber, exterior siding, and I-joists. APA issues and controls trademarks for
engineered wood products. Major site information categories are applications,
products, and publications.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a governmental agency that protects human health and safeguards the natural environment. Site includes educational resources, legal and regulatory information, and news related to environmental protection.
Electrical Contractors (IEC)
The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is a trade association dedicated to fostering the interests of its members and independent electrical contractors. Site includes consumer news, industry and membership information, legislation news, an events calendar, and information on apprenticeship and training programs.
Concrete Form Association (ICFA)
The Insulating Concrete Form Association (ICFA) promotes the use of insulated
concrete forms (ICFs) in residential and light commercial construction. Site
includes a listing of ICF members, product information, application examples, a
bookstore, links to other information sources, and contact information.
Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) helps protect the publicís health and safety by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world. Site includes information on recent news within the industry, code development, career services, publications, and a list of related industry links.
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is an electrical union that represents the rights of workers in all areas of the electrical industry. Site includes education information, news, and membership information.
Code Council (ICC)
The International Code Counsel (ICC) is a nonprofit organization working to develop a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The ICC was formed by a merger of Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI). Site includes certification and training information, news, a job board, codes and standards information, and links to subsidiaries.
Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)
Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International
Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Congress International
(SBCCI) have merged to form the International Code Council (ICC).
Gauge Steel Engineers Association (LGSEA)
The Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association (LGSEA) works to improve ways to design
and build commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. Site includes
links to web-based and other seminars, a publications store, a member directory,
and links to related organizations.
Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The MCAA is an association of contractors. Site includes listings of contractors, links to their subsidiary bureaus, and an online bookstore.
Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
NAHB represents the building industry and serves its members and affiliated state
and local builders associations. Site includes a database of publications organized
according to economic and housing data, housing issues such as energy efficiency,
environmental issues, and plumbing.
Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) advances the causes
of women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled
trades. Site includes association and industry news, education and training
information, related links, links to the association's journal, magazine, and an online
Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is an organization dedicated
to enhancing the electrical contracting industry through innovative research,
labor relations, and work force recruiting and training. Site includes publications, safety information, and codes and standards.
Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes the NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace®. NFPA 70E covers all electrical safety issues, such as general work practices for maintenance and installations, plus special safety concerns for specific equipment requirements. Site includes a catalog, codes and standards, news and publications, training information, safety tips, and research links.
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a department of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related illness and injury. Site includes safety and health information, hazard and exposure information, training information, directory of publications and products, and conference and events listings.
Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC)
The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) works to develop and standardize training for the electrical construction industry. Electrical workers receive training through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Site includes information on apprenticeship, journeyman, instructor, and contractor training.
Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is an industry association
for ready mixed concrete producers. Site includes application information;
engineering/technical, safety, and environmental information; an online bookstore;
and a directory of producers.
Safety Council (NSC)
The National Safety Council (NSC) is dedicated
to preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through research and education. Site includes an online library, a
training calendar, and Internet-based training programs.
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency
that provides and enforces safety guidelines to protect workers from injury.
Site includes laws and regulations, cooperative programs, safety and health
topics, and statistics and data.
Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA)
The Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA)
offers apprenticeship programs for
training plasterers and cement masons throughout the United States and Canada.
Site includes information on what plasterers and cement masons do, an
online store, and other links.
& Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
The Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is composed of licensed
and registered contractors engaged in the coatings application industry. Site
includes a consumer contractor locator, education information, copies of industry
standards, a PCDA store, and news.
Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA)
The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is a good resource for users of plastic plumbing and related systems.
Site includes FAQs and other information on various plastic pipe products, downloadable
free publications, listings of other publications, application information, and
explanations of codes and standards.
Contractors Association (PHCC)
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) is a trade organization for the construction industry that provides educational programs and forums for networking. Site includes industry news, a product catalog, information on apprenticeships, a link to the National Plumbing Code, and news on political and legislative events.
Cement Association (PCA)
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) represents cement companies in the United
States and Canada, promoting the use of cement and offering a wide range of research,
testing, consulting, and informational services. Site includes a bookstore,
education and training information, related sites, and contact information.
Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO)
The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) is a trade association
of ready mixed concrete producers. Site includes concrete specifications,
technical information and application advice, FAQs, Certification Programs, Sustainable Development, and a membership directory.
Metal and Air Conditioning Contractor's National Association (SMACNA)
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) is an international association of union contractors whose members specialize in the sheet metal and air conditioning industries. Site includes legislative affairs listings, news articles including convention news and other events, technical services, a publications store, and links to the associationís distance learning program.
Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI)
Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International
Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and the Southern Building Code Congress International
(SBCCI) have merged to form the International Code Council (ICC).
Pine Council™ (SPC)
The Southern Pine Council™ (SPC) is a promotional organization that is supported
by Southern pine manufacturers. Site includes span tables, specifications
and standards, application information, Green Building information, and education information.
Framing Alliance (SFA)
Formerly the North American Steel Framing Alliance, the Steel Framing Alliance
(SFA) is a trade association promoting the adoption of steel framing in residential
and light-commercial construction. Site includes an online store, FAQs, member directory, a list of training resources,
and a list of research reports.
Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA)
The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA) represents companies engaged in
the manufacture, marketing, and sale of cold-formed steel framing members. Site includes a technical library with specifications, CAD files, Green Construction/LEED, and other publications, as well as industry links.
Laboratories Inc. (UL)
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is a product safety and certification organization.
Site includes a directory of UL-certified products, standards information, and product safety information.
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe
Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) is a multicraft union whose
members are engaged in the fabrication, installation, and servicing of piping
systems. Site includes information on training, safety, and health;
links to news items; and union links.
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) represents and
offers training to North America's carpenters, cabinetmakers, millwrights, piledrivers,
lathers, framers, floorlayers, roofers, drywallers, and workers in forest-products
and related industries. Site includes apprenticeship and training information,
a political action center, and Carpenter magazine.
Reinforcement Institute, Inc. (WRI)
Wire Reinforcement Institute, Inc. (WRI) is an association of manufacturers, allied industries, and professionals engaged
in the production and application of structural Welded Wire Reinforcement (WWR) and
related products for concrete reinforcement. Site includes publications, links to related organizations, and contact information.
Structural Building Components Association (SBCA)
The Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) is an international trade association representing manufacturers of structural building components. Site includes an events calendar, educational program information, job listings, SBC Magazine, FAQs, and technical
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