Use of engineered and composite wood products in building three- to seven-story buildings is the topic of a seminar that takes place 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Michigan State University.
Architects, engineers and contractors are invited to hear Archie Landreman, regional director of WoodWorks, discuss the variety of mass timber products available, the advantages of using them and how to work within modern building codes.
Mass timber products include glue-laminated timber, cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber and heavy timber decking. These materials have high strength, dimensional stability and a positive environmental focus.
“Use of mass timber products is gaining popularity, in part because it’s a ‘greener’ choice – a renewable resource,” said David Neumann, DNR forest products utilization and marketing specialist. “Additionally, these products provide advantages in energy efficiency, lower weight, shorter construction periods and aesthetics in a properly designed building.”
In his talk, Landreman also will provide examples of mass timber’s use in U.S. projects, discuss construction best practices and look at trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.
Cost of the seminar is $20 and includes lunch. Register online through Woodworks. Attendees can earn professional development credits through the American Institute of Architects and Professional Development Hours for Engineers.
The seminar is supported by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Forest Resources Division, to promote the use of wood in construction. To find wood products manufacturers in Michigan, visit the Forest Products Industry Directory maintained by the DNR at www.michigan.gov/wood.
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