Timber Structures & Sustainable City Design

1.00 LU
  • GBCI
  • RIBA
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Course price: $40
Member price: $25

B Building Science


Timber Structures & Sustainable City Design

Some designers are seeking to apply the environmental benefits of wood to taller buildings, once thought to be the sole domain of non-renewable materials.


Tall buildings pose a unique challenge to the sustainability movement. They reduce urban sprawl, promote mass transit, and allow for efficient energy use on a district scale. But the embodied carbon footprint of a tall building is significantly higher than low-rise buildings on a per-square-foot basis. Taller buildings require more structural support; therefore, structural systems that minimize embodied carbon allow the positive environmental aspects of tall buildings to be more pronounced. This course will outline the technologies and design/engineering practices allowing for taller wood structures, how the use of wood is impacting and enhancing design, and common myths associated with tall wood buildings.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the benefits and design considerations related to tall mass-timber buildings.
  • Understand how the use of mass timber can reduce a building’s carbon footprint.
  • Understand how the application of a mass-timber structure could be accomplished when applied to a real-world sample structure in Chicago.
  • Be empowered to explore the use of timber in future projects in collaboration with engineers and through the use of integrated design strategies.

Course details

Contents Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration One year after purchase

Duration 1:00

Passing Score 80% on quiz