Wood Structures Academy
Brought to you by Think Wood

  9 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIA LU/Elective

The Wood Structures Academy examines a wide range of dynamic, innovative design and structural uses of wood materials in contemporary residential and commercial applications. It explores environmental and aesthetic benefits, technical advances, current code compliance, performance, its role in meeting green building goals, as well as the inherent opportunities for using wood in both conventional and unconventional ways. As a relatively inexpensive, readily available, easy-to-work-with, strong, adaptable, and beautiful material, the economic, environmental, and energy efficiency advantages account for the increasing surge in buildings being constructed of wood.

Earn 10 AIA LU (9 AIA LU/HSW + 1 AIA LU/Elective).

Academy Courses
Wood and Evolving Codes: The 2018 IBC and Emerging Wood Technologies
Building codes are evolving to support new technological developments for one of our oldest building...
Exceeding Thermal Performance Goals by Choosing Wood
Understanding how wood can help contribute to significant energy savings in the built environment
Mass Timber
Home Grown: In a city where locavores rule, a new office building showcases regional materials and i...
Designing Modern Wood Schools
How to create high-performance structures that are also cost effective
Timber Grows Up
Architects and engineers, drawn to wood for its environmental attributes, push the material to new l...

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