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.

Webinar: A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction

A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction


Date: July 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT

 

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

 

A movement is growing to use heavy and mass timber as primary structural materials for medium-height and tall buildings, in large part because timber is renewable, stores carbon and is energy efficient. New structural wood products, including cross-laminated timber, are also fueling this movement.

 

This webinar will give developers, owners, architects, engineers and contractors tips on how to go about creating timber buildings taller than four or five stories.

 

Panelists:

David Barber, Principal | Fire - Arup

Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, Construction - Lendlease

Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal - Lever Architecture

 

Moderator:

Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large, Buildings - Engineering News-Record 

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the various types of heavy and mass-timber structural materials and systems used in the design of tall timber frames
  • Identify sustainability advantages and the general design challenges/opportunities of using heavy/mass timber as a structural system for a tall building
  • Determine a strategy for approvals and permitting of a tall timber building, including meeting the intent of the life safety codes through performance-based fire engineering
  • Evaluate approaches from a veteran builder to manage the construction of a building with a tall timber frame
  • Can't attend live? Register to view the webinar on-demand!

Register for this Webinar

How to Prevent and Reduce Fire Losses in Buildings Under Construction

The American Wood Council released three manuals and a website designed to inform developers, local building departments and fire departments on how to prevent and reduce fire losses in buildings under construction. The website can be found at: www.ConstructionFireSafetyPractices.com.

 

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman. The manuals are:

  • Basic Fire Precautions during Construction of Large Buildings — applies to the design and planning stages, as well as the actual construction of buildings.
  • Hot Work during Construction of Large Buildings — describes best management practices of hot work, which is likely to reduce the occurrence of large loss fires more than any other specific topic with buildings under construction.
  • Fire Department's Role in Prevention and Suppression of Fires during Construction of Large Buildings — outlines pre-fire planning for large building projects, and prepares tactics and strategy for a fire if it occurs.

The manuals are available for free download at: www.ConstrctionFireSafetyPractices.com

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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The Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal

On March 29, 2016, the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) hotel in the United States opened in Huntsville, Alabama. The Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal is a four-story, 62,688 square foot structure with 92 guest rooms, and features 1,200 CLT wall panels and 200,000 CLT fasteners.

Click here to learn more about The Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal.

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: A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction

A Roadmap to Tall Timber Structures: Design, Approval, Construction


Date: July 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT

 

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

 

A movement is growing to use heavy and mass timber as primary structural materials for medium-height and tall buildings, in large part because timber is renewable, stores carbon and is energy efficient. New structural wood products, including cross-laminated timber, are also fueling this movement.

 

This webinar will give developers, owners, architects, engineers and contractors tips on how to go about creating timber buildings taller than four or five stories.

 

Panelists:

David Barber, Principal | Fire - Arup

Jeff Morrow, Program Manager, Construction - Lendlease

Thomas Robinson, Founding Principal - Lever Architecture

 

Moderator:

Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large, Buildings - Engineering News-Record 

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the various types of heavy and mass-timber structural materials and systems used in the design of tall timber frames
  • Identify sustainability advantages and the general design challenges/opportunities of using heavy/mass timber as a structural system for a tall building
  • Determine a strategy for approvals and permitting of a tall timber building, including meeting the intent of the life safety codes through performance-based fire engineering
  • Evaluate approaches from a veteran builder to manage the construction of a building with a tall timber frame
  • Can't attend live? Register to view the webinar on-demand!

Register for this Webinar

WEBINAR: Heights & Areas: Using Software to Ease Building Code Analysis

Date: July 13, 2016

 

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

 

Cost: Free

 

This session will focus on the Check Height and Area software that reviews and analyzes building height and area compliance with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), for buildings up to six stories, with up to four occupancy groups at each level. This user-friendly application is created for design professionals and building officials to ease building code analysis. Step-by-step instructions will be provided and common issues related to height and area limitations will be illustrated with examples of actual mixed occupancy group, multi-story buildings.

 

Speaker: Ara Sargsyan, CBO, PE, LEED AP, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety

 
Ara Sargsyan is an ICC Certified Building Official, Professional Civil Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional and California Licensed General Contractor. He has 15 years of experience with city building departments and over 30 years in the construction industry. Mr. Sargsyan has worked as a Plan Check Engineer/Supervisor, Training Officer, and District Office Manager, and he is currently Chief of the Development Services Case Management office at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. His professional experience also includes building code analysis, structural design, teaching civil engineering courses, and research related to the acoustical properties of building materials.  A number of his research works in noise control and building construction have been published and some have been utilized as textbooks. Mr. Sargsyan is a graduate of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.

 

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

 

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Webinar: Special Inspection for Wood Construction (BCD710)

Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016 

 

Time: 10:55AM-12:00PM Pacific

1:55PM-3:00PM Eastern

12:55PM-2:00PM Central

11:55AM-1:00PM Mountain

10:55AM-12:00PM Pacific

 

Cost: Free

 

This presentation provides background on special inspections for wood construction in addition to discussion on related topics such as prefabricated wood components, special inspections for lateral resistance, and structural observation as it pertains to the 2012 and 2015 IBC. Education credits will be awarded.

 

Presenter: American Wood Council AWC

 

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Webinar: Structural CLT Floor and Roof Design

Date: August 10, 2016

 

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

 

Cost: Free

 

This presentation is intended for designers of building systems seeking to familiarize themselves with the category of products known as mass timber, and specifically cross laminated timber (CLT). Topics will include manufacturing and product performance standards, structural design standards, and recognition of CLT in the International Building Code. Specific attention will be given to the design of CLT in horizontal applications—i.e., as panels of floor and roof systems—and discussion will include how to address important serviceability requirements related to deflection and floor vibration design. Example projects and details will be presented to highlight possible applications of CLT in building structures.

 

Speaker: Scott Breneman, PE, SE, PhD, WoodWorks

 
Scott is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Architectural and Engineering Solutions Team of WoodWorks. Scott received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise-frame buildings. Scott has experience with the structural design of new single-family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is a Director on the Executive Board of the Structural Engineers Association of California, Past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an Associate Member of the ASCE/SEI 7-16 Seismic Sub-committee and Member of the ASCE/SEI Design of Wood Structures Committee.
 

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

 

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Greenbuild 2016: Iconic Green in Los Angeles, California

reThink Wood at Greenbuild 2016

Come visit reThink Wood in LA at Greenbuild 2016. We'll be at booth #2035, where you can come and ask questions, meet experts, get CEUs, and learn about innovative wood building.

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passion at Greenbuild, sparking a contagious buzz throughout the week. 

 

2016 SHOW DATES:
Expo: Oct. 5-6 | Conference: Oct. 5-7

 

2016 EXPO HOURS:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Wednesday, October 5
10:00 am - 6:00 pm | Thursday, October 6

Click here to Learn More