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DES600-A – Historical, Current and Future Tall Wood Buildings


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Wood is a natural and renewable building material that has long been preferred for its high strength-to-weight ratio, ease of assembly and availability. Timber structures from ancient times far surpass current limitations set by many of the modern building codes worldwide. Recently, the international architecture, engineering, and construction industries have developed renewed interest in specifying and using wood in multi-storey building designs mainly due to its aesthetics, versatility, environmental benefits and cost-effectiveness. This article will provide an introduction to historic wood structures and modern innovative wood structures.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Learn about historic wood structures ranging in age from 100 to over 1000 years.
  2. Learn about new engineered mass timber products which are allowing designers to build taller with wood.
  3. Become familiar with the new generation of tall wood structures around the world.
  4. Learn about hybrid systems using wood being developed and used in new structures.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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