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.

Timber In The City

Parsons-Led Student Design Competition


Over the past decade, the design industry has been looking increasingly toward timber as a sustainable, flexible material for the construction of high-rise buildings. Parsons School of Design is helping to lead this shift through Timber in the City, Urban Habitats Competition, an architecture student competition conceived of and juried by the world-class design school in partnership with the Binational Softwoods Lumber Council and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

For further information on the competition and to learn how to apply click here.

2015 Wood Design Award Winners
The 2015 National Wood Design Awards highlight extraordinary innovation in wood design.
WoodWorks presented the awards at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in late January. Winners were recognized in nine categories: institutional wood design, wood in educational buildings, beauty of wood, multi-story wood design, wood in government buildings, green building with wood, commercial wood design - industrial, commercial wood design - office, and regional excellence . 
Survey Of International Tall Wood Buildings Released

Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of new wood and mass timber technologies. This survey takes an in-depth look at ten international tall wood buildings, and presents some common lessons learned from the experiences of the Developer/Owner, Design Team, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and Construction Team for each project. 
View the report.

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 - Detailing for Wood Shrinkage

Date: 12 August 2015


Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm


Cost: Free


For condominiums, apartments, hotels and dormitories, multi-story wood construction is viewed by many as a way to achieve higher density at lower cost, while reducing the project's carbon footprint. One of the challenges in designing these taller buildings is how to calculate and address wood shrinkage, which occurs as the wood dries from its 'green' state to its in-service equilibrium state. This session will examine shrinkage associated with wall and floor design, and demonstrate how to minimize effects of both shrinkage and differential movement with proper detailing. The discussion will include solutions to shrinkage induced construction issues such as drywall cracking, window frame wracking and compromised plumbing lines.


Speaker: Doug Steimle, Schaefer Inc


Doug is a structural engineer with expertise in the design of multi-story wood-frame buildings for residential and hospitality occupancies. He also has extensive experience in existing building investigation, retrofit and modification. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1997 and is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky and South Carolina.


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


Click here to register


WoodWorks Wood Design Awards



Each year, WoodWorks hosts an award program to recognize excellence in wood design and showcase innovative buildings that demonstrate wood's strength, beauty, versatility and cost effectiveness.


Enter in one or more of the following categories:


  • Multi-Story Wood Design
  • Wood in Educational Buildings
  • Wood in Government Buildings
  • Commercial Wood Design
  • Institutional Wood Design
  • Green Building with Wood
  • Beauty of Wood

There is no cost to nominate a project for a Wood Design Award.




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Wood Solutions Fairs



Wood Solutions Fairs offer a choice from up to 18 seminars and a wood design focused trade exposition. 6 AIA/CES LUs or PDH credits. Free to design and building professionals.


2015 Wood Solutions Fairs


  • Northeast - September 16, Danvers, MA
  • Northwest - November 19, Seattle, WA
  • Southern California - December 9, Anaheim, CA


Click here to register