This course discusses recently completed, under-construction, and proposed mass-timber buildings. It outlines the environmental benefits, as well as the challenges, of using wood in unconventional ways—both in tall and low-rise structures. And it explores the structural, fire-resistive, and other performance qualities of engineered-wood products.

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Learning Objectives – After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define the term “mass timber”.
  2. Discuss the fire-resistive and structural properties of different types of wood construction.
  3. Outline the environmental benefits of building with wood.
  4. Describe the construction and structural strategies that some project teams are deploying in order to use wood in taller buildings.
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