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Mass Timber Construction & Exploring Tall Wood

June 29, 2021 – 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm




Join us online at 1:30 PM CDT

This program consists of 2 one-hour presentations:

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably‐minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue‐laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Exploring Tall Wood: New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures

As interest in and use of mass timber in the U.S. has grown, so too has interest in pushing these timber structures to greater heights. Using international examples of successful tall wood buildings as precedent, some designers have proposed tall wood projects in the  states using a project‐specific performance‐based design approach. In order to provide a uniform set of code provisions for these tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Those code changes were announced as approved in January 2019 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Exploring Tall Wood: New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Optional Q&A


Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees after the event.



Mary Schramka, Event Manager


Ph: 708-204-9578

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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June 29
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Zoom Meeting
Online, United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.