ReThink Wood

You're invited to our Twitter Q&A

Join our live Twitter Q&A session on April 27th at 2 p.m. EST during the AIA Conference on Architecture.
 

Together with architecture and engineering firms and other industry professionals, we will discuss the exciting future of wood design.
 

Join the conversation or follow along with the hashtag #A17WoodChat.

We look forward to hearing your perspective on how wood design and technologies are being used to build a better tomorrow. 

New reThink Wood Research Library demonstrates opportunities to build innovative, durable and sustainable structures

Over the past several years there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies.

 

To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties, we have proudly launched the reThink Wood Research Library to serve as the go-to industry resource for those seeking information on the latest advancements in wood's performance and advantages in the built environment. 

 

In this library you will find a growing body of research, real-life events and building code development to show that mass timber structures can meet or exceed the most demanding design requirements. 
 

WATCH: America's Forests with Chuck Leavell

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Wood Innovations recently film to help educate the public about building with wood and the importance of sustainable forest management. The Film is called “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell” and focuses on activities in Oregon. The film debuted April 2017 on Oregon Public Broadcasting. 


Want to learn more about CLT? Check out a recent blog post by USDA: Build Better, Stronger, Faster with CLT

How to Prevent and Reduce Fire Losses in Buildings Under Construction

The American Wood Council released three manuals and a website designed to inform developers, local building departments and fire departments on how to prevent and reduce fire losses in buildings under construction. The website can be found at: www.ConstructionFireSafetyPractices.com.

 

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman. The manuals are:

  • Basic Fire Precautions during Construction of Large Buildings — applies to the design and planning stages, as well as the actual construction of buildings.
  • Hot Work during Construction of Large Buildings — describes best management practices of hot work, which is likely to reduce the occurrence of large loss fires more than any other specific topic with buildings under construction.
  • Fire Department's Role in Prevention and Suppression of Fires during Construction of Large Buildings — outlines pre-fire planning for large building projects, and prepares tactics and strategy for a fire if it occurs.

The manuals are available for free download at: www.ConstrctionFireSafetyPractices.com

CLT modular classroom buildings for K-3 education

As part of the 2016 supplemental capital budget in Washington state, $5.5 million has been set aside for the construction of cross-laminated timber (CLT) modular classroom buildings for K-3 education. Four classrooms each will be provided to five school districts across the state. In addition to reducing class sizes, the classrooms will act as a model for additional districts and states to follow.

CLT is a type of mass timber product typically consisting of three, five, or seven layers of dimension lumber oriented at right angles to one another and then glued to form structural panels. Mass timber products are ideal for school buildings because of their quick construction, environmental benefits and health benefits for occupants.

More details about the project can be found here along with the following media articles:

 

 

Learn more about CLT and other mass timber products at http://www.rethinkwood.com/tall-wood-mass-timber/products.

CAD Details
Access drawings and illustrations for wood-frame construction designed for high wind, seismic, and snow loads.
CAD/REVIT Construction Documents

Prepare construction documents faster by leveraging available details related to light-frame wood construction.

Heights And Areas Calculator
Ease building code analysis while maximizing your wood building project within the limits of the International Building Code (IBC).
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
The American Wood Council (AWC) has developed environmental product declarations (EPDs) for North American wood products, including softwood lumber and glue-laminated lumber (glulam).
Span Calculator
Performs calculations for all species and grades of commercially available softwood and hardwood lumber as found in the NDS 2005 Supplement.
Connection Calculator
Provides users with a web-based approach to calculating capacities for single bolts, nails, lag screws and wood screws per the 2005 NDS.
Carbon Calculator
Promote the carbon benefits of your wood building project.
Athena Impact Estimator
A software tool that is designed to evaluate whole buildings and assemblies based on internationally recognized life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
You're invited to our Twitter Q&A

Join our live Twitter Q&A session on April 27th at 2 p.m. EST during the AIA Conference on Architecture.
 

Together with architecture and engineering firms and other industry professionals, we will discuss the exciting future of wood design.
 

Join the conversation or follow along with the hashtag #A17WoodChat.

We look forward to hearing your perspective on how wood design and technologies are being used to build a better tomorrow. 

Webinar: Primer for the use of Cross Laminated Timber by the American Wood Council

Increased availability of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in North America, combined with successful use in projects worldwide, has generated interest in its properties and performance within the U.S. design community. With the inclusion of CLT in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction, curiosity is evolving throughout the construction industry to use CLT in projects.

Applications for the use of CLT include roof and floor systems as well as wall systems.  This presentation will cover the available U.S. design standards and methods being used by engineers on these projects.

 

DATE: April 20, 2017
TIME: 1:55PM-4:00PM Eastern; 12:55PM-3:00PM Central; 11:55AM-2:00PM MTN; 10:55AM-1:00PM PST 
PRESENTED BY: American Wood Council 
COST: Free 
 

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Architectural Institute of America Conference - April 27–29, 2017

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 will be one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. The people, the ideas, the environment, the setting—it all comes together for an unforgettable experience that comes just once a year. 

Convention features creative visionaries from the architecture and design industry and beyond. From software to building systems to stone and tile and wood, you’ll find materials and technologies of tomorrow featured in specialty product pavilions today.

 

When:  April 27-29, 2017
 
Where:  Orange County Convention Centre - Orlando, Florida
 
Find out more about the Conference and Expo and don't forget to come visit us at Booth 1153 in the Wood Pavilion!
 
Webinar: Rational Design Methods for Shear Walls with Openings

Just as structural engineers often need solutions that ‘do more with less,’ so do modern wood-frame buildings—and shear walls are no exception.
 

With more openings and larger lateral forces, segmented shear wall approaches do not always produce the most efficient structural design. Through live calculation examples, this US WoodWorks presentation will introduce and compare rational analysis methods for designing shear walls with openings.
 

DATE: May 17, 2017
TIME: 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern
SPEAKER: Terry Malone, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks
COST: Free
 

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Credit information:  
1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.

Webinar: Lateral Design Considerations for Mid-Rise Structures

This presentation will focus on important engineering considerations related to the lateral design of multi-story wood buildings. Implementation of a well-considered design requires an understanding of diaphragm and shear wall flexibility and their effects on the horizontal distribution of forces through the structure.

In mid-rise/multi-family buildings, corridor-only shear walls are becoming popular as a way to eliminate exterior shear walls. The design issues this creates will be addressed, as will the unique load distribution and flexibility considerations associated with tall shear walls.

 

DATE: June 7, 2017
TIME: 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern
SPEAKER: Terry Malone, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks
COST: Free

 

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Credits: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.