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.

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: Prefabrication: Discoveries in Off-Site Construction Techniques
Date: March 11 2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Cost: Free
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Off-site construction techniques, including both light-frame and solid wood solutions, are continually evolving—with prefabrication at the forefront of the trend. Popular in countries such as Sweden, Germany, Scotland and Canada, these techniques are also gaining interest in the U.S., where designers, contractors and owners in the traditional construction sector are seeking to understand the options available to them. In this presentation, different types of prefabrication will be discussed, along with key considerations—such as site, cost and schedule to determine which option, if any, is right for a project. Case study examples will be used to illustrate key principles of practice, benefits of prefabrication and current challenges.
Speaker: Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Utah
Development of Wood Products LCA Data and its Usage in Green Building Codes (GB300)
There are three approaches referenced in the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard that allow for life cycle analysis (LCA) of products, built-up assemblies, or entire structures. AWC has completed sample LCAs for comparison of wood studs to steel studs using the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) program, as well as an LCA for an insulated wood stud wall assembly using Athena’s Impact Estimator. A whole building LCA will be conducted using REVIT software.
When: Thursday, 3/19/2015
1 HOUR: From 1:55pm until 3pm EST
Learning Credit: Provides NCSEA 1.0 PDHs (upon passing quiz) or ICC .1 CEUs
Where: Complimentary Webinar