Program Focuses on the Use of Wood in Non-Residential Structures

Feb. 17, 2009

The Tacoma, WA-based Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program has announced a new educational program of monthly webinars focused on the use of wood in non-residential applications. The next webinar will be held on February 23 and will feature a discussion of the world’s tallest mixed-use wood building, led by architect Andrew Waugh of UK-based Waugh Thistleton Architects. As the architect behind the nine-story structure, Waugh will discuss its design and construction, challenging previous notions that five stories is the maximum height for wood buildings.

“These webinars provide an excellent opportunity to learn about modern applications of wood in non-residential design,” says Dwight Yochim, national director of the WoodWorks program. “The fact that building codes are increasingly recognizing that wood structures can be taller while achieving required levels of safety and durability makes this an exciting time to be designing in wood. Add wood’s benefits related to cost and the fact it is the greenest structural building material available, and these advances are even more significant.”

The next webinar will take place on March 23 and is the second in a series on fire protection for wood-frame structures. It will cover the basic principles of fire protection as well as techniques that enable wood to meet all required codes for safety. Hosted by Scott Lockyear, WoodWorks’ technical director in the Southeastern United States, this webinar will also include examples of wood fire assemblies such as I-Joists, plated floor trusses, and solid sawn lumber.

Although this session is a continuation of the “Fire Protection I” webinar hosted on January 30, it is not necessary for registrants to have attended that session. However, for those who are interested, the first session is available on the WoodWorks website under Publications and Resources/Presentations.

Online registration is now open for both upcoming webinars. “Designing the World’s Tallest Modern Mixed-use Wood Building” will take place on February 23 at 10 a.m. PST. “Fire Protection II: Basic Principles for Wood Frame Structures” will take place on March 23 at 10 a.m. PST. The webinars will be approximately one hour each and are free of charge. To register for a webinar, or for information on other upcoming events, visit

About WoodWorks

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture of all the major wood associations in North America, as well as research organizations and government agencies. It provides one-stop access to the widest possible range of information on the use of wood in non-residential structures. For more information, call 1-866-966-3448 or visit

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