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The Carbon Footprint of Wood Buildings & Mass Timber Performance

December 14, 2021 – 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm




This online event begins at 1:30 ET, 12:30 CT, 11:30 MT, 10:30 PT

This seminar will be comprised of 2 presentations:

Carbon Footprint of Wood Products & Buildings  – presented by Marc Rivard, PE, SE

Opportunities for the built environment to help address carbon-related issues are at the forefront of discussions within the building design and construction community. The spotlight once held by operational energy efficiency has shifted to material choice and embodied carbon—and, in particular, which building products should be specified to achieve a more sustainable structure. This course takes a brief look at the use of wood in construction and highlights some of the positive environmental benefits it can bring to a project.  Basic carbon-related terminology will be reviewed along with information on wood’s carbon sequestration. Case studies illustrating the benefits of wood from a sustainability perspective will be presented along with a short survey of carbon policy across the U.S.

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design – presented by Momo Sun, PE, PEng

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.


Marc Rivard, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Marc is a licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst. Prior to WoodWorks, he was a Senior Structural Engineer involved primarily with seismic design and analysis of new and existing buildings. Marc has experience providing structural calculations, plans, specifications, construction administration and structural plan review services for a wide range of building types, including multi-family/mixed-use, education, commercial, office, institutional, and military.

Momo Sun, PE, PEng, WoodWorks

Momo is passionate about building sustainable structures and enjoys helping developers and design teams find elegant wood solutions that are also cost effective. A licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Ontario, she received her M.Eng. in Civil Engineering from MIT and a BASc from the University of Toronto. She has experience working in both the U.S. and Canada, and, prior to WoodWorks, was a Project Manager and Structural Engineer for commercial, healthcare and institutional projects. Momo is based in Brooklyn, New York, where she also volunteers with high school students to foster their interest in engineering.


Attendees will qualify for 2.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.0 PDH credits or 0.20 ICC credits


For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP


Ph: (301) 633-0330


Refunds up to 7 days before event.

Eventbrite fees, which varies by state, are nonrefundable.


December 14
1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Event Category:

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.