ReThink Wood

  • Wood is Renewable

    Wood is a renewable and responsible choice that helps reduce our environmental footprint.

  • Wood Meets Code
    Advanced technology and modern building codes are expanding the opportunities for wood in construction.
  • Wood Costs Less

    Wood products offer advantages in terms of material, construction and environmental costs.

World’s largest residential project in CLT launches in Montreal

The Arbora project, the world's largest residential project in CLT has officially launched in Montreal's Griffintown area in Canada. With a total surface area of 597,560 sq ft Arbora aims to become the world's largest residential project featuring a cross-laminated timber (CLT) mass timber structure.


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New UBC Student Residence to be Among World's Tallest Wood Buildings

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet). The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.


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Reuse Wood Website

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have partnered with Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) to develop an online North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products.


Their website can be found at

Outlook for Cross-Laminated Timber in the United States

Outlook for Cross-Laminated Timber in the United States

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a building system based on the use of massive, multi-layered solid wood panels. Although CLT as a construction system has been successful in Europe, only a handful of CLT projects have been built in the U.S. This manuscript presents the results from qualitative research, carried out with the objective of assessing the market potential and barriers to the adoption of CLT in the U.S. Insights from national and international experts were collected using semi-structured interviews. Topics included perceived benefits and disadvantages of CLT as a construction system, major barriers to its adoption in the U.S., and level of awareness about CLT among the architecture community.

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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.
WEBINAR - Offset Shear Wall Design

Date: February 10, 2016

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Cost: Free


The selection of heavy timber connections can be challenging, even for designers experienced with these types of building projects. This presentation will provide a thorough discussion of traditional and modern heavy timber connectors and connections, including their design and application. Topics will include some of the connection types and methods used to repair or reinforce existing heavy timber members, such as wooden pegs, wooden wedges, and fully-threaded screws. Discussion will also include a review of European connectors and their selection for specific design applications including cross laminated timber.


Speaker: R.L. "Ben" Brungraber, PhD, PE, Fire Tower Engineered Timber


Ben Brungraber has a Master of Science from Colorado State University in Timber Structures and a PhD in Mortise and Tenon Joinery from Stanford, which to his clients’ collective relief, explains the nickname Dr. Joint. Before partnering in his own design and engineering firm, Fire Tower Engineered Timber, he taught at the University of Connecticut and worked as an engineer for Benson Woodworking Co. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Timber Frame Guild of North America.


Join at 10am Pacific, 11am Mountain, 12pm Central, 1pm Eastern


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Mass Timber Conference
Join nearly 50 speakers and 30+ exhibitors at the Mass Timber Conference, the first of its kind in North America.  Produced by the Forest Business Network and WoodWorks, the conference explores current opportunities and obstacles for a variety of mass timber products and building systems. Learn about the mass timber manufacturing process and how to execute on constructing projects today.
Date: March 22–24, 2016 
Location: Portland, Oregon
Venue: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Register for the conference and learn more about exhibiting opportunities at