Last week, the Sandy Springs, Ga., City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s building code to include new requirements that prohibit combustible building materials from being used in certain building elements including the structural frame and load bearing walls in structures above three stories and more than 100,000 square feet. The regulation, effective immediately, comes at a time many cities have instituted a requirement for construction with enhanced quality materials that increase the resiliency of buildings.

The amended code is based on City Council findings which determined local climactic, geologic, topographic and public safety conditions justified the amendment.

The unanimous approval came over objections from development and wood industry advocates that left city officials—including Mayor Rusty Paul, whose family is in the tree-farming business—protesting that they are “not discriminating against wood.”

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