Specifying Western Red Cedar: Sustainable Building Products

Western Red Cedar (WRC) aesthetic, economic, and environmental benefits are just some of the reasons why builders and designers are increasingly gravitating to this species of wood. Presented here are modern, historical, and cultural uses of western red cedar, as well as its performance characteristics, grade specification, and finishes. Also discussed are sustainable forest management practices and certification agencies, and how sustainably sourced wood can contribute to LEED® credits.

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Designing Beneficial Spaces for Living, Working and Well-being (Print Course)

It’s a common human reaction; we turn to nature in uncertain times. Nature nurtures, as they say. With the 2020 global pandemic and the limited access to the outdoors it has meant for many, people are looking at their surroundings with new appreciation – and an increased desire for buildings that help them feel good as they spend more time indoors.

While we know that good architecture doesn’t guarantee good health, evidence is growing that a well-designed building can lead to an improved overall sense of well-being for occupants. And, since wood has a natural connection with nature, there is increasing evidence that wood can contribute to the well-being of building occupants when it is left where it can be seen and even smelled. This CEU explores the trend towards architecture designed to improve the well-being of building occupants.

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A Return to Natural: Designing with Western Red Cedar (Print Course)

This course will discuss how designers are incorporating more natural wood products into their designs and how Western Red Cedar contributes to this return to nature, the biophilia effect, sustainability, and health and wellness.

It will also examine exterior and interior uses for the product and new Western Red Cedar products have recently entered the market that will transform how the material is used in both residential and commercial buildings.

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Multi-Family, Mid-Rise Wood Buildings A Code-Compliant, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice (Print Course)

One of the most fundamental decisions facing a multi-family design team is choosing the building’s structural material. While dominant in single family residential construction, the cost-effective, code compliant and sustainable attributes of wood construction apply to mid-rise multi-family projects too. This course explores the reasons for the increasing popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, reviews code compliance and fire safety technical considerations, and discusses techniques for successful wood building designs. In addition, it addresses trends expanding the opportunities for wood use in multi-story design.

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The Role of Wood Products in Green Building (Print Course)

This course will help you understand that sustainable design begins with sustainable building materials. Because there are many factors to consider in assessing a building’s sustainability, it can be challenging to fully understand the long-term impacts of choosing one building material over another. However, material choice greatly affects the environmental impact of buildings, both during construction and over the building’s lifecycle.

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Sustainable Design with Redwood Timbers

This course provides evidence that Redwood Timbers are a safe, strong, and sustainable option for exterior and interior building projects where natural wood is desired. It will explore the use of Redwood Timbers for post and beam construction, decorative elements, deck posts, and outdoor living structures such as arbors, pergolas, and gazebos. The course also provides information about Redwood’s insulation properties and Class B flame spread, as well as details about modern redwood forestry management practices that ensure Redwood will remain a renewable natural resource into the future. Finally, this course provides details on the product attributes of Redwood Timbers including grades, dimensions, fasteners, finishing options, and strength among others.

Webinar On-Demand: This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event.

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Wood Window Walls Achieve Biophilic, Sustainable Design in Contemporary Architecture (Print Course)

Contemporary architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors (biophilia). Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic. This course will discuss how to fill very large openings with mulled windows, punched-opening window walls, moving walls with large doors, and timber curtain walls. The course will identify window and door styles, design options, and performance measures that must be considered when specifying oversized openings for both residential and commercial projects.

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Building Sustainably: Fire Safety and Design Solutions for Building with Heavy Timber

Heavy timber has been used in the building industry for centuries. This course provides a description and definition of heavy timber and its subcomponents and how these components can be utilized for the benefit of the occupants. Sustainability and Fire Safety are primary concerns of Heavy Timber and this course will explain specifics on these topics. In addition, this course will provide an overview of the design process as it relates to avoiding delays due to unnecessary design changes.

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New Options for Insulating and Ventilating Wood Framed Sloped Roofs

This course will discuss control layers of a sloped wood framed roof assembly. We will be talking about code provisions for roofs and sustainable building practices. We will also discuss the differences between ventilated and unventilated assemblies. To wrap up, we will look at some changes outlined in the 2018 code and look at different systems that integrate the functions of air, water and thermal performance in different assemblies.

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Opportunities For Wood in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (Print Course)

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.

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