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.

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

US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Winners Announced

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, announced the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The two winning development teams were granted a combined $3 million in funding to support the development of tall wood demonstration projects in New York and Portland, Oregon.


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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.
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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WEBINAR - Exploring Efficient Design for a Mass Timber Office: The Nail Laminated Timber Solution


Date: 22 October 2015


Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm


Cost: Free


The architectural and environmental success of The Bullitt Center in Seattle has made heavy timber office buildings a topic of great interest within the design community. Now, with ground broken on a new 7-story example in Minneapolis, cost-effectiveness can be added to the potential benefits achieved with a mass timber structural solution. Presented by the timber specialists responsible for such iconic structures as the Richmond Olympic Oval, this presentation explores the aesthetic potential and efficiency of nail laminated timber systems, while touching on relevant engineering, manufacturing and erection techniques used in other timber projects. Examples demonstrate opportunities for prefabrication and sophisticated erection techniques, while emphasizing the importance of efficient structural engineering, product choice, connections and fasteners to creating economical timber structures.


Speaker: Lucas Epp, StructureCraft


Lucas Epp leads the engineering department at StructureCraft. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, he spent several years working for StructureCraft, where he was responsible for modelling large-scale timber projects such as the iconic roof structure of the Richmond Olympic Oval. Following a desire to work abroad, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he designed projects that included cable nets for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and a 300-meter (984-foot) tower in Kuwait. He then moved to New Zealand, where he worked on several seismically challenging projects prior to returning to Canada. Lucas's expertise with complex geometry and challenging structures has led him to be involved in projects where the close interaction or architecture and structure is critical to success.


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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

Northwest - November 19, Seattle, WA
Southern California - December 9, Anaheim, CA

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