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.

Solid Timber Construction

Process, Practice, Performance


This project evaluates off-site solid timber production processes in the international solid timber industry. The Solid Timber Construction (STC) projects documented herein provide a test bed to evaluate project performance metrics attributed to off-site construction. This study also evaluates the contingent qualitative environmental, organizational and technological contextual factors related to STC.


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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 . 
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.
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 - Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining

Date: 16 September 2015


Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm


Cost: Free


This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don't comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries, code conundrums, political problem solving and the resolution of interpretation differences. Successful project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined, with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the 'public' side of the counter in a project's ultimate success.


Speaker: Michael Malinowski, AIA, Applied Architecture, Inc.


Michael F. Malinowski has been providing adaptive historic re-use, urban infill, affordable housing, sing family residential, and commercial revitalization design solutions for 34 years as principal of Applied Architecture Inc, Sacramento, CA. Mike has been active with Permit Streamlining for nearly two decades; including Chair of the City of Sacramento's Development Oversight Commission.


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


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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