Wood Structures Academy
Brought to you by Think Wood

  8 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIA LU/Elective

The role of wood in design and construction continues to increase as architects and designers take advantage of its many positive attributes, such as its strength, thermal and acoustic qualities, and low environmental impact. Always popular in residential and light-frame commercial construction, the mass timber movement has contributed to the growing use of wood in larger commercial and multifamily projects. Wood structures allow for easier accommodation of mechanicals, and technological advances allow for unique designs that can achieve taller floor heights. In addition, the psychological and physiological benefits of wood cannot be overlooked. Exposed wood has been shown to provide health benefits to occupants and improve performance. The Wood Structures Academy invites you learn more about wood materials in contemporary residential and commercial applications.

Earn 9 AIA LU (8 AIA LU/HSW + 1 AIA LU/Elective).

Academy Courses
The Impact of Wood Use on North American Forests
Can specifying wood for buildings contribute to forest sustainability?
Designing for Fire Protection
Expanding the possibilities of wood design
Wood Structures: An Impressive Renewable Resource
Attracted to the natural qualities of wood, these bold projects showcase this renewable resource
Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability
Can traditional and new wood building systems meet evolving design objectives?
Mass Timber
Home Grown: In a city where locavores rule, a new office building showcases regional materials and i...
Exceeding Thermal Performance Goals by Choosing Wood
Understanding how wood can help contribute to significant energy savings in the built environment

Academy Resources

Editorial Resources

Environmental-impact benefits of wood structures and the ways in which green building codes can be met, including the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge

Think Wood Resources

Sustainability advantages and the general design challenges/opportunities of using heavy/mass timber as a structural system for a tall building