WoodWorks Launches New Website

Expands Free Resources Available to Design & Building Professionals

WASHINGTON--()--Wood Products Council, the leading resource for continuing education and technical support related to the code-compliant design, engineering and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, recently launched a new website, woodworks.org, to support its educational programs and free one-on-one project assistance. WoodWorks technical staff work with architects, engineers, builders and others involved in projects—from design through construction—to help resolve challenges and maximize benefits of wood such as cost effectiveness and sustainability.

“The new website is intended to serve as a practical resource for design and building professionals seeking to answer a particular question or simply to design wood buildings more effectively and at less cost,” said WoodWorks executive director Jennifer Cover, PE. “The content itself has depth while also serving as a hub that guides people to more detailed information.”

The new website features information about upcoming educational events (which allow attendees to earn AIA/CES LUs or PDH credits), technical resources, a project gallery that includes Wood Design Award winners, and presentation archives.

The Design & Tools section includes technical information and resources relevant to specific building types (e.g., multi-residential, educational, industrial), building systems (e.g., light-frame, heavy timber, mass timber/cross laminated timber), design topics (e.g., structural design, fire and life safety), and design tools such as CAD/REVIT details, a Heights and Areas Calculator and a Carbon Calculator. Other resources include case studies, Continuing Education Units, and design examples.

To request assistance, the Project Assistance page lists WoodWorks experts by region and includes a link to email the project support help desk, help@woodworks.org. WoodWorks staff have expertise on a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Allowable heights and areas and construction types
  • Structural design and detailing of wood-frame and hybrid material systems
  • Fire resistance and acoustical-rated assemblies
  • Efficient and code-compliant lateral system design
  • Alternate means of code compliance
  • Energy-efficient detailing
  • Application of advanced building systems and technologies
  • General product availability

Design and building professionals are encouraged to visit the Gallery & Awards section to:

  • Nominate a project for a Wood Design Award: Deadline September 30, 2014.
    Categories include: Multi-Story Wood Design, Wood in Educational Buildings, Commercial Wood Design, Institutional Wood Design, Green Building with Wood, Beauty of Wood, Wood in Government Buildings, and Innovative Wood Engineering.
  • Submit a project for the Gallery.
    WoodWorks seeks to inspire design and building professionals by featuring diverse projects from across the country. Submissions can be made through the site for various building types and wood building systems.

Since transitioning from a regional to national initiative in 2012, WoodWorks has continued to expand its on-the-ground support for design and building professionals. With the recent addition of technical staff in Florida and Massachusetts, the Design & Construction Services team—which provides local project assistance—now includes nine wood design experts across the country. The Architectural & Engineering Solutions team, staffed with four licensed engineers, contributes to the resolution of technical issues and works with clients through the help desk.

For more information, visit www.woodworks.org.


For WoodWorks
Hannah Rand, 503-467-4686


For WoodWorks
Hannah Rand, 503-467-4686