Student and Professional Organizations
Tools, Equipment, and Supplies
for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH provides news and information on the occurrence and prevention of
work-related illnesses and injuries.
Health and Safety Administration
OSHA provides extensive information on occupational safety and health, including
laws and regulations, cooperative programs, and news.
Jobsite Safety Handbook
This online safety guide covers safe work practices and regulations related
to the residential construction industry. It is the result of a cooperative
effort by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Occupational
Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
Construction Regulations for the Homebuilding Industry
This is an online handbook on safety regulations for building homes provided
by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
and Health Topics: Hand and Power Tools
A sub-page of the OSHA site, this provides information on the hazards of
certain tools and how to prevent injuries when using them.
to Protect Workers' Rights
The CPWR researches and informs carpentry workers about health and safety issues,
including research, news, alerts, publications, training, and related economic
Illnesses, and Fatalities
This site run by the U.S. Department of Labor provides statistics on work-related
injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
The ICC is dedicated to public safety through the development of comprehensive
construction codes. Founders of the ICC were Building Officials and Code Administrators
International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO),
and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).
Fire Protection Association
The NFPA provides information about fire and electrical safety, including codes
This site provides information related to material safety data sheets.
This supplier produces rescue equipment and personal fall protection, such as
This company provides a variety of signs that alert people to possible hazards
in the workplace. The Web site provides news, new product information, and accommodates
Student and Professional Organizations
This is a national organization that helps train students for technical, skilled,
or service occupations through activities and contests. Students demonstrate their
occupational and leadership skills in SkillsUSA Championships, which include categories
for Carpentry, Job Interview, and TeamWorks (for residential construction).
for Career and Technical Education
ACTE is a national education association that helps to prepare youths and adults
for careers. The Web site offers information on the organization as well as
Brotherhood of Carpenters of America
UBC is a union that represents carpenters and other construction workers. Members
pay dues, which enables the union to work for better working conditions and
provide other services. For example, the union provides training through an
apprenticeship program. Members can be hired by union companies and take part
General Contractors of America
AGC is a construction trade association. Members are construction contractors
and industry-related companies. AGC is committed to serving their members
so that both public and private construction can be completed to high standards
Association of Homebuilders
NAHB is a trade association that represents home building and remodeling industry
members. The organization provides information to its members, the public, and
the government in order to promote affordable, high-quality housing. One
branch of the NAHB is the Home Builder's Institute (HBI), which helps train
workers for the construction industry.
Association of Women in Construction
NAWIC works to further women's success in the construction industry. The
Web site offers resources.
Subcontractor Association, Inc.
The ASA represents subcontractors and offers information on government policies
and resources that relate to construction issues.
Roofing Contractors Association
NRCA represents roofing contractors and offers information for contractors and
CSI is involved in developing standardized specifications for building construction.
National Labor Relations Board
NLRB ensures that U.S. labor laws are followed by employees and employers. It
also provides information about labor laws and conducts elections to determine
whether employees want union representation. The Web site includes news and
information on workplace rights and NLRB documents.
Department of Labor
This Web site provides labor-related news and links to other DOL Web pages
by topic or department.
This is the construction glossary from the Home Building
Manual and contains definitions for a variety of construction
International Code Council
The International Code Council works to improve building safety
codes and its Web site contains codes and standards, national
government relations, and jobs and training information.
Code Council: International Code Adoptions
Go to this site for current data on state adoption of the
International Residential Code.
Institute of Standards and Technology Metric Information and
This site, provided by NIST, is a metric style guide to help
convert standard units to metric and vice versa.
Institute of Building Sciences
This site gives information on building codes, as well as
the sciences and technologies involved in building. NIBS also
provides programs and projects related to building.
This page offers downloads to estimate costs for various construction-related
Provides information on building projects such as codes, news,
cost calculators, and products.
This site offers technology information related to home building.
Kitchen & Bath Association
NKBA's site features a consumer workbook and an industry center as well
as an education center for kitchen and bath professionals.
This site features an extensive alphabetical list of topics related to kitchens.
This site provides links to housing news, green building, housing research,
and senior housing.
Frame Builders Association
This link contains useful information related to frame-building, including
where to find a designer, supplier, or builders, as well as industry news.
This site contains information about making construction more environment-friendly.
for Resourceful Building Technology
This site contains information dedicated to furthering environmentally responsible
building practices, including an e-guide, research, and an education mission.
This company publishes books, videos, and magazines on woodworking, home building,
and so on.
Journal of Commerce
This site provides articles about design and construction.
This publication of the National Frame Builders Association offers the latest
frame building-related news.
of Light Construction
An online newsletter that offers information on light construction and suggestions
about running a light construction business.
This site offers advice from many experts on topics related to all phases of
home construction, remodeling, and repair. The site is consumer-oriented,
but can be of use to construction professionals.
This site is oriented towards home renovation but can be of use to new construction
This site is an online store for hardware like screws, nails, bolts, hinges, etc.
This BIA site provides information on the brick industry, including general
resources, technical resources, environmental health and safety, and information
on education and events.
This PCA site focuses on cement and includes information and examples of how
it is used in construction as well as news.
The ACI offers information on concrete and its uses as well as events, news,
Concrete Masonry Association
This site offers news and information on the NCMA and other masonry topics.
This site includes links to various concrete topics, as well as photos and a
for Masonry Research
This link contains documents designed to aid those involved in the masonry industry.
Training Center for Stone and Masonry Trades
This site offers an Ask the Experts discussion area and monthly
Stone Tips that can be of value to construction professionals.
Glass Manufacturers Alliance
IGMA is an alliance of insulating glass manufacturers, suppliers of component
materials, and other related professionals The site provides information about
suppliers, industry news, and links to related Web sites.
Institute of Steel Construction
The AISC provides specification and code development, research, education, technical
assistance, quality certification, and standardization. The site includes a
steel solutions center and industry news.
Iron and Steel Institute: Construction
AISI's construction division provides information and news about the use
of steel in construction.
Stud Manufacturing Association
This SSMA site has a technical library and other links related to steel.
Plywood and Veneer Association
This site provides information on hardwood, plywood, and veneers.
This division of Georgia-Pacific manufactures plywood, gypsum boards, lumber,
and engineered wood products. The Web site provides various types of information
related to these materials.
for Wood Anatomy Research
This site provides information on wood anatomy, identification, common wood
names, and more.
Engineered Wood Association
This organization provides information about engineered wood products.
Institute of Timber Construction
The AITC offers information about glulam (structural glued laminated timber)
manufacturers and news related to timber.
Wood Products Association
The WWPA offers tools and information related to softwood lumber, including
a wood shrinkage estimator and a lumber basics site on how lumber is made, graded,
The Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association
This site offers extensive information on wood flooring, such as a wood floor
care guide, a floor estimating calculator, and tips on how to install wood flooring.
Hardwood Resource Guide
Hosking provides information about hardwood flooring.
Wood Flooring Association
The site for NWFA contains information on wood flooring, from why to choose
it to designing the room to floor maintenance.
Red Cedar Lumber Association
This WRCLA site has information about cedar wood, such as reasons to choose
cedar, cedar specifics, projects using cedar, and links to other cedar sites.
Shake & Shingling Bureau
This site offers information on cedar roofing, such as insurance information,
manuals, and maintenance.
The Web site for CRA presents information on building with California redwood.
The site offers a section for questions and answers, literature, and design
Council of America
TCA has answers to technical questions involving ceramic tile as well as technical
services and links to publications.
This Web site offers information on forest products and extending forest resources,
including research findings and news.
CDA provides information on every aspect of copper.
Window & Door Assoc.
This site includes information on the association, an online
catalog, and links to other window & door related sites.
This site is consumer-oriented, but can be of use to
construction professionals. For example, there are links to
information about various building materials.
Tools, Equipment, and Supplies
This is an online store that offers supplies for a variety of building projects,
grouped by category.
Vermont American supplies power tool accessories. Their site offers an overview
of their products, support for their products, tech tips, and information on
where to buy them.
This Web site is a woodworking superstore. It offers products in
hardware, tools, wood, plans and books, and finishing departments. It also offers
information on various woodworking projects.
of the Trade Online
This site offers tool tests and articles on various tools, including hand tools.
It also features sections on safety equipment and news.
Cooper Tools manufactures power, pneumatic, and hand tools. Their site offers
an online catalog where you can view the tools. It also has video demonstrations
of the tools available for download.
This site offers an online store for woodworking tools, including many rare
items. It also features a woodworking school.
Lee Valley is a provider of woodworking and gardening tools and hardware. You
can buy their products through their Web site, which also offers a calendar
of their events and seminars.
This is a catalog of cordless tools and corded portable power
tools, with links to download user's manuals and information
on where to buy the products.
Delta Machinery is a manufacturer of stationary power tools and equipment. Their
Web site offers product and retailer information.
This Web site provides a store which sells a variety of carpentry products to
businesses and industries.
This international supplier of construction-related products offers an
online store where approved buyers can purchase their merchandise.
Lowe's is a discount retailer of home improvement supplies. Their Web site
offers an online store, how-to tips, and home improvement ideas and solutions.
Home Depot is a discount retailer of home improvement supplies. Their Web site
offers an online store and a projects section.
Porter-Cable produces professional power tools. Their Web site offers product
information, virtual product tours, and information on product support, dealers,
and service centers.
This company produces a variety of connectors for residential and commercial
USG provides construction products, primarily products that contain gypsum.
This site offers an online store of various power tools as well as batteries and
chargers, lawn and garden tools, books, radios, and generators.
A sub-page of the Hitachi home page, this site offers information on Hitachi's
A section of the main DeWalt Tools site, this page provides information on DeWalt's
cordless tools and where to find a retailer.
A sub-site of the main Panasonic page, this site gives information on Panasonic's
Cordless tools, its rebates and promotions, and how to buy its products.
Milwaukee Tools is a manufacturer of electric tools and accessories. Their Web
site provides information on products, parts and service, and where to buy their
The self-described Leader in Power Fastening Systems, Senco's
site provides product information, product manuals, and dealer contacts.
This is the main site for Black and Decker tools. It offers product information,
a how-to center, and a where to buy guide.
This page showcases Ryobi's cordless tools.
Battery Recycling Corporation
This site offers information on rechargeable batteries and where to recycle
Rechargeable Battery Association
This site contains information on different types of rechargeable batteries
and on the association itself.
& Elektra Beckum
This site has information on both Metabo's and Elektra Beckum's
Sears offers a wide selection of power and hand tools for sale online.
This site offers information on Dremel's products, an online store, and
a project finder.
This page is a direct link to RIDGID's 18-volt 3-piece
cordless combo kit.
A very clear explanation of battery chemistry can be found
at this site. Batteries are used for cordless power tools.