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Multifamily, mid-rise buildings using wood construction [AIA course]

This AIA CES course is worth 1.0 learning units. 

April 23, 2019 |
Multifamily, mid-rise buildings using wood construction

The $144 million WREN multifamily project in L.A.’s fast-rising South Park district helped to rewrite a neighborhood's narrative through thoughtful innovation, commercial discipline, and the use of a nimble building material: wood. Photo: Kevin Korczyk / Jeremy Samuelson

Multifamily housing is an active part of design and construction activity across the U.S. Steel, concrete, and masonry typically come to mind as structural materials. In recent years, wood construction has become popular due to its cost-effective, code-compliant, and sustainable attributes.

This AIA CES course outlines the reasons for the rising popularity of wood in multifamily buildings; reviews code compliance and fire safety considerations; and discusses techniques for successful wood building designs.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify the sustainability and economic benefits of using wood construction for mid-rise buildings.
• Summarize building code requirements and provisions for mid-rise multifamily woodframe structures.
• Discuss wood framing solutions that address issues such as shrinkage, fire protection, and seismic requirements while minimizing carbon footprint.
• Explore innovations in wood framing design techniques and wood product technologies that enhance energy efficiency.



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