Composite Wood Products in Cladding and Architectural Trim

Sponsored by Geolam

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand sustainable wood-plastic composite, its characteristics and types, and how it differs from traditional wood.
  2. Explain the manufacturing process involved in producing sustainable wood-plastic composite.
  3. Describe the appropriate applications and main benefits of sustainable wood-plastic composite in trim and cladding applications.
  4. Discuss the sustainable features and benefits in both the manufacturing process and life cycle of sustainable wood-plastic composite when specified for cladding and trim applications.
  5. Define the surface-burning characteristics of wood-plastic composite products and explain how they can be specified to achieve code compliance.


1 GBCI CE Hour
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course is approved as a core course
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Wood-plastic composite products offer a compelling alternative to traditional wood cladding and architectural trim. These products replicate the look of natural wood but offer superior color retention and life-cycle performance while requiring little to no maintenance. This course will provide an overview of wood-plastic composite cladding and trim, with an emphasis on the sustainability benefits.

Photo of Wood Products in Cladding

Photos courtesy of Geolam


Geolam Geolam, Inc. is an importer and distributor of state-of-the-art Japanese hybrid aluminum/wood-plastic composite architectural trims (louvers, sun-screens, pergolas), rainscreen cladding, and decking. We have 30 years of history with installations around the world.