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NEW! 2021 Mass Timber Design Manual

More and more, design and construction professionals are turning to mass timber to build everything from multifamily projects and commercial offices to signature public buildings and tall wood towers.

Since 2013, more than 1,000 multi-family, commercial or institutional projects using mass timber or heavy timber have been constructed or are in the process of design in the U.S., reports WoodWorks.

As a building system, mass timber is a must-know for architects, engineering and construction professionals, prompting industry professionals to seek out reliable research and resources.

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To inform experts and novices alike, WoodWorks and Think Wood created their first Mass Timber Design Manual, a free, interactive resource offering a comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date information on topics from mass timber products and design best practices, to taller wood construction and sustainability.

“It represents years of research and collaboration among the WoodWorks staff and its industry collaborators,” said Tom S. Chung Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, and Board of Directors, WoodWorks. 

T3 Minneapolis, Michael Green Architecture
Photo credit: Corey Gaffer, courtesy Perkins&Will
[The Manual] is the blueprint to understanding the basics of mass timber -- from product research, engineering and design, system assemblies, code implications, construction, and life cycle evaluation.
Tom S. Chung
Principal
Leers Weinzapfel Associates

The Mass Timber Design Manual was conceived as a living document to be continuously updated as the world of mass timber grows and matures.

The 98-page, interactive pdf includes WoodWorks technical papers, Think Wood continuing education articles, project case studies, expert Q&As, technical guides and other helpful tools, including: 

  • Insurance for Mass Timber Construction 
  • Cost and Design Optimization 
  • Mass Timber Fire Design 
  • Acoustic and Vibration Design 
  • Tall Wood Buildings in the 2021 IBC® 
  • Calculating Carbon Footprints 
  • Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests 
  • Occupant Well-being and Biophilic Design
The Discovery Center, DIGSAU
Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

Download for free from the Think Wood website.

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NEW! 2021 Mass Timber Design Manual

80+ pages of mass timber technical resources, case studies, and more.

Cover art: 2021 Mass Timber Design Manual

Download the Manual