In recent years the building industry has focused on meeting the needs of millennial renters, homebuyers and corporate tenants as well as older generations with changing housing needs. Wood infill development in both city centers and the suburbs can offer the opportunity to create relatively affordable new housing in dense, walkable environments.

WREN | Architect: Togawa Smith Martin | Photo: Kevin Korczyk

Learning objectives

  1. Describe the benefits wood structures provide developers and tenants, including density, efficient construction, energy efficiency and other performance gains that help to maximize value and increase occupant comfort.
  2. Review building  types where wood is often used to optimize occupant experience.
  3. Compare the different types of wood structural systems used in these building types and how each is sustainable and an improve occupant well-being.
  4. Examine case studies where wood was used to maximize value and optimize occupant experience, including several  LEED and affordable housing projects.

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