Tall Wood 101: Teaching Design Professionals About Wood in Building

Although steel and concrete skyscrapers typically fill modern city skylines, architects and engineers are beginning to reconsider the benefits of using wood as a material for tallĀ  buildings.

The Finlandia Prize-winning Puukuokka apartment building was built with prefabricated modules of CLT.

The Finlandia Prize-winning Puukuokka apartment building is an example of wood construction instead of steel and concrete.

But in order for society to reap those benefits, building design and construction professionals need to get smart on how to make tall wood buildings a reality.

A new factsheet published by the USDA Forest Service, titled Teaching Design Professionals About Wood In Building, presents two brief case studies of organizations providing such education–Michael Green Architecture and WoodWorks.

The work being done here at the Forest Products Laboratory is also key to making these sky-high efforts a success.

Take a look to learn more about the efforts of these organizations and USDA to promote the use of wood, along with a few fast facts and links to additional resources.