This course is intended for building designers who want to learn more about the use of wood framing systems in low-rise commercial projects. The course content will provide practical information that can be applied to projects, the course begins with code-related topics, including cost implications of construction type, opportunities for achieving unlimited area, and implications of multi-tenant occupancies. It provides an overview of wood wall and roof systems commonly used in commercial buildings, and highlights key design considerations. Examples of wood-frame buildings are highlighted, and a recent cost and environmental comparison of a big box store designed in wood versus steel is summarized. Code references refer to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) unless otherwise noted.
As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental footprint. Increasingly, wood from sustainably managed forests is viewed as a responsible choice. Drawing from a wide range of research publications, this course will examine the current state of North American forests, modern forest practices, and criteria for sustainability, and consider some of the challenges that could profoundly impact the future of the forest resource.
By the end of this course, learners will demonstrate a deeper understanding of podium structures and approaches to their design and construction. In addition, the course will examine 2018 IBC code provisions applicable to multi-story podiums. Additionally, the benefits of using timber in podium construction will be analyzed along with case studies that demonstrate the ways in which this construction typology is suited to urban infill applications.
Read about various multifamily construction projects where the use of wood was critical to the success of the building. New design, manufacturing, and construction techniques - coupled with evolutions in building codes - allows light-frame wood and mass timber buildings to reach higher heights and densities. New wood construction also achieves superior design aesthetics and fire safety characteristics in residential buildings.
The properties of wood buildings, such as sustainability and a low carbon footprint; structural, thermal, acoustic, and seismic performance; and fire and life safety, are contributing to an evolution of building taller with mass timber. New materials and design strategies are enabling a centuries-old practice to address modern building concerns and technologies. Code, too, is evolving to recognize the attributes of building with wood, and the 2021 International Building Code contains new provisions for building taller wood structures. This course delves deeper into this evolution, exploring why and how to design taller wood buildings.
Designing with wood offers architects the flexibility to design projects with increased insulation. From a thermal perspective, wood-frame building enclosures are inherently more efficient than steel-frame, concrete, or masonry construction.
This course will provide an understanding of how wood can help contribute to significant energy savings in the built environment.
Increasingly, building owners and design professionals are turning to wood construction to satisfy all of these industry, market, and regulatory demands and challenges. Long valued as a building material for its performance and cost advantages, today’s building owners are choosing wood to satisfy these and other value propositions, from environmental sustainability and resilience to creating distinctive buildings that appeal to the next generation of employees and apartment dwellers, all while meeting tight budgets and construction timelines.
This course looks at how wood construction can contribute to process efficiency, sustainability, and marketability.
Increasingly, designers, builders, and building owners are turning to one of our oldest building materials: wood. Valued for its versatility, low carbon footprint, and aesthetic qualities, not to mention its cost performance, wood has long been a preferred choice for constructing durable structures that are resilient in the face of hazardous conditions.
This course will look at how recent innovations and subsequent code changes are expanding the use of structural wood in nonresidential buildings.
Prefabricated wood buildings should be considered when designing and building both multi-family and commercial buildings, as prefabrication is an efficient and sustainable building practice. Prefabricated wood components can help to solve many design and engineering challenges such as material and process efficiency, environmental performance and life safety.
This course will demonstrate the advantages of prefabrication, specifically how it relates to both light wood frame and mass timber construction.
Design teams must integrate building systems to create a high performance building that also enhances the health and wellbeing of occupants. This course will explore how to achieve optimal acoustic performance in wood building systems with proper design of walls and floors/ceilings.
The course will examine acoustical codes, integrating acoustics into sustainable design, construction detailing and case studies where acoustics were prioritized to optimize indoor environmental quality.
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