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Now Available for Download: Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide

The Binational Softwood Lumber Council has released the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) U.S. Design and Construction Guide, a first-of-its-kind manual for the U.S. design and construction community. The NLT Guide was conceived and prepared by skilled practitioners who are each dedicated to advancing high-quality timber construction across industries, typologies and geographies. Available exclusively for free download at, the guide provides direction to ensure safe, predictable and economical use of NLT, and offers practical strategies and guidance, including lessons learned from real-life projects.

Unlike other mass timber products, Nail-Laminated Timber does not require a unique manufacturing facility and can be fabricated with local dimension lumber for use in applications across sectors and building types.



Nominate a project for a 2018 WoodWorks Wood Design Award


WoodWorks is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Wood Design Awards in the following categories: 

  • Multi-family Wood Design
  • Commercial Wood Design Low- & Mid-Rise
  • Wood in Schools
  • Institutional Wood Design
  • Green Building with Wood
  • Beauty of Wood
  • Wood in Government Buildings
  • Durable & Adaptable Wood Structures

Nomination forms must be completed and submitted online. Read full contest details

Michael Green and Jim Taggart's "Tall Wood Buildings" book is now available

Wood construction is not a new concept or technology. Twenty-First Century building innovations combined with changing building codes world-wide are contributing to a wood revolution. “Wood is a renewable, carbon sequestering product that is grown naturally,” says Architect and Author Michael Green. “It provides a healthy indoor environment to work and live in that other building materials can’t. Wood offers an evolving medium that is both complex and a new frontier for design. In many respects we are taking knowledge that disappeared a century ago and revitalizing the next century of building more sustainably.”


Together with fellow Architect and Author, Jim Taggart, Green has co-authored the aptly titled “Tall Wood Buildings” book, published by Birkhåuser in English and German. The publication explains the typical construction types such as panel systems, frame and hybrid systems. The book includes 13 case studies that celebrate the beauty and specification/detail of wood buildings around the world.


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2017 Mass Timber Conference Presentations now available

The Forest Business Network has posted all available presentations from the 2017 Mass Timber Conference in Portland Oregon. Of particular interest are presentations by Lisa Podesto on the Live Blast Performance of Mass Timber by Lisa and an Overview of Mass Timber Markets by Bill Parsons of WoodWorks.


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#A17WoodChat on Storify

On April 27, live from the 2017 AIA Conference, reThink Wood hosted a discussion with the industry on how wood design and technologies are being used to build a better tomorrow. To see the full discussion, see #A17WoodChat on Twitter or check out the full chat on Storify.


Our Twitter Chat drove a stimulating conversation among industry professionals, including architects, engineers, education partners, companies, and universities. Participants shared examples of how wood design and technologies are being used to build a better future.

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.
Free Webinar: Design Innovation Using Wood

Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 2:00PM EDT


This reThink Wood webinar will explore innovative uses of wood in building design, focusing on mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT), and profile two unique projects that embody the aesthetic, environmental, and structural strengths of wood as a building material.

Presented by Tom S. Chung, Brian Court, and Joseph Mayo


Education credits will be awarded.


AWC Webinar Education Opportunity: Fire Protection During Construction

Date: July 13, 2017

Time: 1:55PM-3:30 PM Eastern
12:55PM-2:30 PM Central
11:55AM-1:30 PM Mountain
10:55AM-12:30 PM Pacific 

Education credits will be awarded.

The PDF of the presentation will posted 48 hours before the webinar, and can be accessed here.