WASHINGTON, DC- WoodWorks, a wood construction promotional effort by the Wood Products Council, makes the case for large-scale wood construction with road shows, Wood Design Awards, resources for mass-timber building.
WoodWorks is also seeking two specialists: a Region Director for Southern California and Texas, responsible for encouraging architects, engineers and other stakeholders to use wood framing in commercial building applications; and a Technical Director, Architectural and Engineering Solutions Division, to join a team toresearch, formulate and present technical solutions in wood design to practicing Architects and Engineers on building projects with the goal of increasing the use of wood in structures in the United States.
To promote its agenda, workshops such as "Multi-story Wood-frame Structures: How to Build Bigger and Taller" are being staged by WoodWorks at locations around the U.S. Aimed at architects to drive consumption of lumber products, the seminar analyzes Type III and V building types with five or more stories of wood-frame construction under the International Building Code. An expert in wood design and engineering covers height and area provisions, including podiums and mezzanines.
Discussion also includes common detailing choices at exterior walls to accommodate fire, structural and aesthetic requirements, and methods for calculating and accommodating for shrinkage in wood buildings.
Enabling larger wood buildings are advances in cross laminated timber, which is now available in North America. WoodWorks says it has the potential to significantly change how wood is usedin buildings. WoodWorks' site links to MassTimber.com, which offers the US CLT Handbook summarizing current thinking by U.S., Canadian and European experts on cross laminated timber and reflects U.S. codes and standards, incorporating the latest research and testing. A video below on cross-laminated timber construction covers the concept of wood building construction from the point of view of architects.
At the end of January, WoodWorks announced awards for large structures, including malls, apartment buildings, and high rises, all built of wood.
“We received more than 90 submissions from across the U.S.,” said Adrian Blocker, president and CEO of WoodWorks. “They were evaluated by a jury of architects, who had to make some very tough decisions.: