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American Wood Council

MAT241-A – Tall Wood Takes a Stand

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Heightened awareness of the environmental benefits of wood combined with advances in wood technology and manufacturing have aligned to make tall wood buildings not only possible but safe and cost effective. While the increasing number of code-approved, light-frame wood construction projects reaching five and six stories has helped North American building professionals raise their comfort level with wood, a number of forward-looking architects, engineers, and developers have been actively pursuing more contemporary wood buildings in North America. This continuing education course explores the evolution toward taller wood buildings, including motivating factors, fire and life safety, structural performance, and relevant changes to the International Building Code (IBC). Examples of tall wood buildings are featured throughout, with an emphasis on design approaches and materials used.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize that mid-rise and taller wood buildings can be safely, efficiently, and economically built using mass timber construction techniques.
  2. Discuss different design approaches to mass timber construction for tall wood buildings.
  3. Explain similarities and differences between the structural composite panel and lumber products that allow building professionals to design and construct tall wood buildings.
  4. Distinguish the differences between design approaches to achieving the acceptable structural passive fire protection measures in a mass timber building.

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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