Publications & Media

Wood Solution Papers

Fire Design of Mass Timber Members: Code Applications, Construction Types and Fire Ratings

Focuses on how to meet fire-resistance requirements in the IBC, including calculation and testing-based methods
Companion piece to WoodWorks’  Inventory of Fire Resistance-Tested Mass Timber Assemblies

Tall Wood Buildings in the 2021 IBC – Up to 18 Stories of Mass Timber

Summarizes the changes as well as the background and technical research that supported their adoption.

Acoustics and Mass Timber: Room-to-Room Noise Control

Emphasizing room-to-room noise control, this paper covers key aspects of mass timber acoustical design. Companion piece to WoodWorks’ Inventory of Mass Timber Acoustic Assemblies.

5-over-2 Podium Design: Part 1 – Path to Code Acceptance

Covers important design considerations and traditional approaches related to the design of a 5-story wood-frame structure over a 2-story concrete or masonry podium.

5-over-2 Podium Design: Part 2 – Diaphragm & Shear Wall Flexibility

Helps engineers better understand flexibility issues associated with 5-over-2 podium structures and how they can affect the design process.

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Accommodating Shrinkage in Multi-Story Wood-Frame Structures

Describes procedures for estimating wood shrinkage and provides detailing options that minimize its effect on building performance.

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Wood-Frame Schools: Durability Techniques for Interior High Traffic and Moisture Areas

Presents ways to increase the durability of wood-frame schools; includes discussion of exposed heavy and mass timber elements.

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Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Buildings

Provides an overview of design considerations, requirements, and options for wood-frame shaft walls under the IBC.

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An Approach to CLT Diaphragm Modeling for Seismic Design with Application to a U.S. High-Rise Project

Presents and evaluates a candidate CLT diaphragm analysis model approach as an engineering design tool based on the needs of seismic design in the U.S.

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Getting to Yes: Making Effective Use of the Alternate Means Process

Provides an overview of the Alternate Materials and Methods Requests (AMMR) process, including reasons to pursue an AMMR, requirements, examples, and practical considerations.

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Options for Brick Veneer on Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Buildings

Reviews code-compliant methods for using brick veneer over the entire height of a mid-rise wood-frame structure.

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Maximizing Value with Mid-Rise Construction

Explores density potential of multi-story configurations, and considers structural design challenges associated with fire safety, shrinkage and constructability.


Energy Code Compliance in Wood-Frame Buildings

Provides an overview of how to meet energy code requirements with an emphasis on wood-frame buildings and compliance with the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. 

Acoustical Considerations for Mixed-Use Wood-Frame Buildings

Acoustics are just one aspect of building performance and must be considered in combination with requirements such as fire protection, structural systems and energy efficiency.



The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Diaphragms

Provides an overview of a method, based on simple statics, which can be used to analyze complex diaphragm structures, while guiding readers to more detailed information through the references.