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.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the thermal advantages of building with wood.
  • Describe how designing with wood can enable design flexibility to maximize building performance.
  • Explain common methods for controlling heat and airflow in wood-frame and mass timber buildings.
  • List common insulation, airtightness, and vapor permeability strategies often employed with wood construction to achieve effective thermal efficiency.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of the build environment and wood-frame building