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.

Designing Modern Wood Schools - CEU

There is a strong case to be made for using wood in school construction, both to accommodate a growing number of students with structures that are cost effective, and to do so while creating high-performance buildings that are safe, resilient, and appealing.

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Wood: A Material of Choice for Modern Wood Schools

Building on the trend toward mass timber in school design, several recent school projects chose mass timber to create buildings that are cost effective, energy-efficient, resilient and safe.


Franklin Elementary School, West Virginia
Franklin Elementary is the first design-build school project for the state of West Virginia, and the first school in the U.S. to be built using cross laminated timber (CLT). Learn more:


Bethel School District, Washington
Cost-efficient wood framing leads to energy efficient schools. Bethel School District is proving they can save construction costs and build energy-efficient schools at the same time, leaving more money for educating students. Learn more:


Eldorado High School, Arkansas
The design team for Eldorado High School saved $2.7M with wood framing. Learn more:

CLT modular classroom buildings for K-3 education

As part of the 2016 supplemental capital budget in Washington state, $5.5 million has been set aside for the construction of cross-laminated timber (CLT) modular classroom buildings for K-3 education. Four classrooms each will be provided to five school districts across the state. In addition to reducing class sizes, the classrooms will act as a model for additional districts and states to follow.

CLT is a type of mass timber product typically consisting of three, five, or seven layers of dimension lumber oriented at right angles to one another and then glued to form structural panels. Mass timber products are ideal for school buildings because of their quick construction, environmental benefits and health benefits for occupants.

More details about the project can be found here along with the following media articles:



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Architecture 2030 Curriculum Project – Second Call for Proposals

Architecture 2030 Curriculum Project – Second Call for Proposals

Do you have an innovative teaching proposal for a course on wood design/technology? Architecture 2030 is calling on educators to submit proposals that expand and fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic areas, and across all year levels – particularly in early design studios, history courses and areas where this material is not adequately or traditionally addressed.
With growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, industry professionals – from students to building designers – are increasingly being called upon to balance functionality and cost objectives with reduced environmental impact. The choice of products we use to build, renovate and operate our cities has a significant impact on the environment, and wood is a cost-effective, renewable resource that can help to achieve that balance.
Take action today: Submit your proposals for winter, spring or summer session of the 2017-2018 academic year by January 3, 2017.

T3: Largest mass timber building in U.S. opens tomorrow in Minneapolis

The seven-story, 220,000-square-foot T3 office building in Minneapolis's North Loop district will become the tallest modern wood building in the U.S. when it opens tomorrow. Designed by Michael Green Architecture and the DLR Group, the T3—which stands for Timber, Technology, Transit—features nail-laminated timber (NLT) clad in weathering steel.




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.
Seismic Example WFCM/SDPWS Comparison 2015 (DES413-4 )

There are several design tools and standards to assist engineers, architects, and building officials with the design of shear walls. Prescriptive approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) typically result in more efficient designs. This course will outline several resources available for shear wall design, compare design results, and provide an example for resisting seismic loads on a structure using both the WFCM and SDPWS.

When: Thursday, January 12, 2017

1:55PM-3:00PM Eastern
12:55PM-2:00PM Central
11:55AM-1:00PM Mountain
10:55AM-12:00PM Pacific 

Where: Online Complimentary Webinar

Contact: American Wood Council
telephone: 202-463-2704

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61st Annual Institute For Building Officials

On Thursday, January 17, 2017, Jim Smith will be presenting 2 AIA and ICC Approved Courses: MAT242—Cross Laminated Timber in the 2015 IBC and NDS ​ MAT252 Code Applications for Nail-Laminated Timber, Glued-Laminated Timber, and Cross-Laminated Timber

When: January 4-19, 2017

Presenter: James B. Smith, PE - Regional Field Manager, AWC

Contact: Maddie Grover,, 612-624-3708
Where: Continuing Education Conference Center, University of Minnesota
Holzbau Pacific Northwest Conference - February 23 – 24, 2017

The Holzbau Pacific Northwest event is intended to fill a critical gap in the current provision of professional development by addressing questions specifically of interest to the manufacturing community. The conference will be focused around three key themes:


  1. Manufacturing and Installation:  Manufacturing processes for wood-based construction products and systems;
  2. Building Physics:  Building physics, energy efficiency trends, the changing regulatory landscape, and implications for building product manufacturers;
  3. Implications of Wood Construction Research for Manufacturers and Engineers:  Recent research and development in wood construction and the relevance and potential opportunities for manufacturers.

When:  February 23 – 24, 2017


Where:  Forest Sciences Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


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Evaluation of Recommended Allowable Design Properties for Wood in Existing Structures (DES160)

This webinar will address methods used to establish recommended allowable design properties for structural wood members in existing buildings. Education credits awarded.

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017
             1:55 pm - 3:00 pm EST.

Where: Complimentary Webinar

               telephone: 202-463-2704

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Mass Timber Conference - March 28–30, 2017

Mass Timber Conference 2017 will explore the entire supply chain for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber; and the opportunities and obstacles for mass timber building construction around the world.


International experts will present addressing how we can advance cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry, and how we can increase the use of wood in mid-rise and tall buildings across the world.


Attendees of the Mass Timber Conference will include professionals from across the forest, manufacturing, design, and construction industries.


When:  March 28–30, 2017


Where:  Portland, Oregon - Oregon Convention Centre


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