Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Innovative Wood Use in Tall and Specialty Building Design

Sponsored by Think 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 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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.
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.