Structural Wood Building Systems – Choosing the Right Material for a Sustainable, Safe and Resilient Project (Print Course)

This course examines the key differences between light frame and mass timber systems. We will highlight the applications, code considerations and performance benefits of each system, including fire protection, seismic stability and wind resistance.

In addition, the sustainability and resiliency of both of these systems will be demonstrated through three case studies that feature environmentally sensitive design.

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Building Materials Matter – Life-Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Online Version)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge.

This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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Building Materials Matter - Life Cycle View Supports Informed Choices, Contributes to Sustainable Design (Print Course)

A focus on energy efficiency has led to widespread improvements in structural building materials. With an abundance of information and competing environmental claims, determining a material’s true impacts is a challenge.

This course examines materials throughout their life cycles and focuses on international research supporting the use of wood while considering some advantages of concrete and steel; it also touches on efforts of all three industries to lessen environmental impacts.

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Multifamily, Mid-Rise Buildings Using Wood Construction - A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice for Achieving High Performance Goals (Online Version)

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete, and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials; in recent years wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes.

This course will review reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, review code compliance and fire safety considerations, and discuss techniques for successful wood building designs.

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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability (Online Version)

This course considers traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy.

It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification for Wood Construction support resilience, and how wood structure can be utilized to meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Multifamily, Mid-Rise Buildings Using Wood Construction - A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Choice for Achieving High Performance Goals (Print Course)

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials; in recent years wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes.

This article will review reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings, review code compliance and fire safety considerations, and discuss techniques for successful wood building designs.

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Design to Prevent Floor Squeaks

While wood-frame floor systems have maintained fairly consistent design standard for years, there remains a persistent issue with squeaks, pops and uneven flooring that may be the result of a combination of sub-par subflooring products or installation.

This course discusses subfloor assembly components and the high-performance standards and product innovations from frame to finish that are helping change the quality feel and sound of flooring systems.

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Designing Tall Walls— Unique Issues And Engineered Wood Products

This course provides an overview of the issues and code provisions associated with tall or “designed” walls. This course also includes a review of how engineered wood lumber, which is also referred to as EWP, are ideal products for tall wall applications due to their strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability.

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Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability with Wood Building Systems (Print Course)

This course will consider traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy.

It will describe how building codes and standards such as the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction support resilience, and consider how wood structures can meet evolving resilience objectives.

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Using the AWI Quality Certification Program (Print Course)

Complying with the Architectural Woodwork Standards can be a challenge for architects and builders. Third-party programs such as the Quality Certification Program, which was founded by AWI, are specifically designed for builders and architects hoping to achieve AWS compliance. This article will discuss how these programs work and how they can be leveraged to better achieve QCP certification and protect all stakeholders in the process.

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