ReThink Wood

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.
 

Join us on June 7 at Innovation West: The Future of Architecture and the Public Realm

This year's conference focuses on The Future of Architecture and the Public Realm and brings together key figures who are generating a range of creative solutions for the built environment today and into the future. Earn up to 7.75 AIA LU/HSW.

 

DATE: June 5, 2017
LOCATION:  San Francisco, Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSFRegister Now

 

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New reThink Wood Research Library demonstrates opportunities to build innovative, durable and sustainable structures

Over the past several years there has been a rise in mass timber construction around the world, demonstrating the strength, stability and design flexibility of next-generation lumber technologies.

 

To help inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students and interested parties, we have proudly launched the reThink Wood Research Library to serve as the go-to industry resource for those seeking information on the latest advancements in wood's performance and advantages in the built environment. 

 

In this library you will find a growing body of research, real-life events and building code development to show that mass timber structures can meet or exceed the most demanding design requirements. 
 

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.
Join us on June 7 at Innovation West: The Future of Architecture and the Public Realm

This year's conference focuses on The Future of Architecture and the Public Realm and brings together key figures who are generating a range of creative solutions for the built environment today and into the future. Earn up to 7.75 AIA LU/HSW.

 

DATE: June 5, 2017
LOCATION:  San Francisco, Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSFRegister Now

 

REGISTER 

 

 

 
Webinar: Lateral Design Considerations for Mid-Rise Structures

This presentation will focus on important engineering considerations related to the lateral design of multi-story wood buildings. Implementation of a well-considered design requires an understanding of diaphragm and shear wall flexibility and their effects on the horizontal distribution of forces through the structure.

In mid-rise/multi-family buildings, corridor-only shear walls are becoming popular as a way to eliminate exterior shear walls. The design issues this creates will be addressed, as will the unique load distribution and flexibility considerations associated with tall shear walls.

 

DATE: June 7, 2017
TIME: 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern
SPEAKER: Terry Malone, PE, SE, Senior Technical Director, WoodWorks
COST: Free

 

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Credits: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.