Fabrication is the process of cutting, drilling or otherwise modifying structural timbers for the purpose of construction. This is not to be confused with manufacturing (the actual bonding together of laminations). For fabrication services, see our list of certified glulam manufacturers (qualified licensees).
AITC Certification for Timber Fabricators
The AITC Certified Fabricators Program was designed to ensure conformance to the International Building Code (IBC). Section 1704.2 of the IBC requires that special inspectors be present during the fabrication of structural load-bearing members and assemblies, including wood fabrications (section 1704.6). Section 1704.2.2 offers an exception when a fabricator has a fabrication program in place. Our program is designed to fulfill this requirement allowing an AITC Certified Fabricator to avoid the costly and time consuming requirement for special inspectors. Currently, there are no accredited wood fabrication special inspectors in the United States, making the fulfillment of this requirement impossible without some sort of approved fabrication program.
You can also download the sample manual, complete with fill-in-the-blank procedures.
Standard and Supporting Documentation
AITC 115 – Standard for Fabricated Structural Glued Laminated Timber Components and Assemblies