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Lets Talk About Wood: Science, Carbon and Multi-Family Building Design

December 16, 2021 – 11:00 am - 1:30 pm




This online event begins at 2:00 ET, 1:00 CT, 12:00 MT, 11:00 PT

Let’s Talk About Wood!

This presentation will provide a review of wood science as it relates to the structural engineer, including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties, followed by a detailed look at wood shrinkage. Discussion will cover available wood species as well as methods of grading and identification for common wood framing material. This course also takes a brief look at the use of wood in construction and highlights some of the positive environmental benefits it can bring to a building. Basic terminology surrounding carbon will be reviewed along with information on carbon sequestration in wood. Key considerations for mid-rise multi-family design will then be reviewed including impacts of construction type, fire ratings, shrinkage design, floor vibration, and exterior wall detailing.


Chelsea Drenick, SE, WoodWorks

Chelsea is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California. She received her BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Chelsea spent nine years in structural design consulting prior to joining WoodWorks. Her experience is in a variety of sectors including residential, higher education and retrofit of existing and historic structures. She is passionate about sustainability and the use of wood as a building material to reduce the embodied carbon emissions of structures.

Janelle Leafblad, PE, WoodWorks

Janelle has been an active building technology consultant since 2002, primarily in the area of wood technology, investigation and design of building envelope components, and construction for both historic and contemporary structures. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and her MS in Wood Science and Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. Janelle is a licensed professional engineer in California.


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:

Jaime Krohn


Ph: 312-841-8272


Refunds up to 7 days before event.

Eventbrite fees, which varies by state, are nonrefundable.


December 16
11:00 am - 1:30 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.