Wood offers a combination of natural structural properties and aesthetics, suiting it for a range of applications in the built environment. Those light frame construction and mass timber systems, all of which have applications across building types.

Light-Frame Construction

Innovations in wood products and building systems are making the material competitive with steel in larger applications, which demand long spans and tall walls. In many cases, these products reinvent centuries-old uses of wood to address contemporary design and engineering challenges.

Wood products deliver several benefits to the project, its occupants and the local community:

Cost. Wood can be a suitable replacement in applications that use concrete, masonry and steel, and is frequently quicker and easier to erect, especially in tight job sites.
Sustainability. Wood products are carbon-efficient and typically more sustainable than comparable materials.
Aesthetics. Left exposed, wood structural elements offer impressive visuals that accentuate a project’s design.
Safety. Design and engineering analysis, along with supporting research, shows that wood meets and often surpasses building code requirements for fire, seismic performance and wind resistance.

Exposed wood structural elements offer impressive visuals that accentuate a project’s design | 38 Davis | Architecture: Ankrom Moisan | Photo: CBPhotography

 

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Wood offers advantages in terms of material, construction and environmental costs. Get the latest on wood products and systems from the following sections:

  • Softwood Species

    Softwood lumber is highly versatile and beautiful, making it ideal for structural applications, along with interior and exterior designs and projects.

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  • Light-Frame Construction

    While mass-timber structures are often built off site as components and assembled at the project site, light-frame construction typically occurs entirely on site.

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  • Mass Timber

    Products like mass timber are reinventing centuries-old uses of wood to address contemporary design and engineering challenges.

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  • Outdoor Design

    Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing interior, or building a backyard oasis, wood is an investment that will add value to your home for years to come.

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