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DES610-A – Mass Timber in North America

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Around the world, designers are leveraging the strength, stability, and design flexibility of products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber to push beyond wood’s perceived boundaries, achieving building heights and spans that that were historically built out of concrete, steel, or masonry. The combination of aesthetics, structural performance, and opportunity for innovation have proven irresistible; mass timber also offers a host of other advantages.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the trend toward mass timber buildings in the context of carbon footprint, construction efficiency, fire and life safety, occupant well-being, and other potential advantages.
  2. Identify a range of mass timber products available to North American building designers.
  3. Discuss research and resources related to the structural performance and fire/life safety of mass timber products.
  4. Based on examples of mass timber buildings either built or under construction, describe how all-wood and hybrid systems are expanding the options for wood design.

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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