Shilohs timber apartment building exterior

When Billings, Montana native and developer Mike Stock set out to develop a new apartment complex on the city’s west end, he wanted to do things differently. With a goal of blending luxury living with a strong sense of community, Stock’s mixed-use design was made possible through wood.

In many cities, the savings associated with wood construction is often the difference between a home and no home at all.
Low rise apartments with wood framing
“The Construction Revolution”
Art Schmon and Andrew Waugh speaking at the 2018 IWBC conference

Andrew Waugh, Founder + Principal Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Why IWBC?”
Brendan Lowney speaking at the 2018 IWBC conference

Brendan Lowney, Principal + Macroeconomics, Forest Economic Advisors LLC

“Marriott’s Modular Program; Franchisor Perspective”
Dave Walsh speaking at the 2018 IWBC conference

Dave Walsh, Senior Director, MSB Project Management, Marriot International

“Reinventing Homebuilding: Offsite Fabrication & The Open-Built Solution”
Tedd Benson speaking at the 2018 IWBC conference

Tedd Benson, CEO Bensonwood + Unity Homes

“Evolutions and Solutions; MGA and Katerra’s explorations, systems and typologies in mass timber”
Architect Michael Green speaking at the 2018 IWBC conference

Michael Green, Michael Green Architecture + Katerra

Panel of wood held up by crane

Wood is easy to use, fast to erect and workers can quickly learn wood construction techniques. In addition, when considered over its lifetime, wood performs better than alternative materials in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and carbon footprint. In this video, hear from experts why wood is the building material of choice for both cost and quality.

Pile of logs in sustainable forest

Innovative wood products such as cross-laminated timber and glulam, along with evolving building codes, are enabling architects, designers and engineers to construct wood buildings that meet the needs of both owners and occupants. The efficiency of these building materials, in terms of both cost and construction, have made wood a material of choice across a wide variety of buildings types, including commercial, institutional and industrial construction.

Interested in learning more? Take our Economic Benefits of Building with Wood CEU.

Computer simulation of seismic impact on building

Research and building code developments have demonstrated that wood structures can meet or exceed even the most demanding seismic design requirements. In this video, experts discuss how the light weight of wood compared to other building materials allows for a reduced horizontal force in seismic events.

Interested in learning more about seismic requirements? Take our Designing for Earthquakes CEU.

Arrup testing wood fire resistance

Mass timber offers a distinct advantage because it chars on the outside while retaining strength. With innovative technologies and wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), glued laminated timber (glulam) and nail laminated timber (NLT), wood meets modern building codes and outperforms other building materials.

Interested in learning more about fire safety and protection with mass timber? Take our Designing for Fire Protection CEU.

In this video, hear industry experts discuss wood’s long history of durability and how innovative wood products and advancements in mass timber design are paving the way for a more sustainable future.
Calgary Library exterior wood ceiling design

Interested in learning more about durability? Take our Designing for Durability CEU.

A forest of trees in Oregon

Mass timber products have less embodied energy, are responsible for lower air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other common building materials. Hear why architects, engineers and developers are calling the 21st century the age of wood.

Interested in learning more about the sustainability of wood? Take our Green Building and Wood Products CEU.

Wood Connections webinar screenshot

These requirements will be discussed as well as resources and examples to meet these requirements. Examples include NDS Appendix E Local Stresses in Fastener Groups, NDS 3.4.3.3 shear design of members at connections, resources for power-driven fasteners such as ISANTA ESR 1539, and detailing requirements for high capacity shear walls and diaphragms.

On completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Be able to understand overlooked wood connection engineering issues.
  2. Obtain resources for complying with wood connection engineering issues.
  3. Identify and design for local stresses in fastener groups.
  4. Identify and detail high capacity shear walls and diaphragms.

Interested in learning more about connections? 

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