Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Innovative Wood Use in Tall and Specialty Building Design

Sponsored by reThink Wood
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the ways in which wood can increase sustainability and design attributes of specialty applications and tall buildings.
  2. Define specific types of heavy timber and other wood materials that can be used to support the design and structural integrity of commercial and industrial buildings.
  3. Explain the 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.
  4. Discuss the unique fire-protection features of heavy timber in large-scale building projects.


AAA 1 Learning Hour
May qualify for 1 AANB Learning Hour
AAPEI 1 Learning Hour
AIBC 1 Learning Hour
MAA 1 Learning Hour
May qualify for 1 NSAA Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Learning Hour
NWTAA 1 Learning Hour
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may quality for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Wood Shines in Sustainable Show and Tell
Bullitt Center’s heavy timber frame teaches environmental and structural lessons
North America's Tallest Wood Building Set to Break Ground
Michael Green Architects' Wood Innovation Centre in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, breaks ground in May.
World's Tallest Contemporary Wood Building Opens in Canada
On October 31, the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC)—a 96-foot-tall, 51,000-square-foot structure built almost entirely out of engineered wood components—opened in Prince George, British Columbia.
Teaching an Old Material New Tricks
Three projects under construction in North America demonstrate that timber can be used as an alternative to concrete, steel, and even masonry.