Cost-effective, code-compliant and sustainable, mid-rise wood construction is gaining the attention of design professionals nationwide, who see it as a way to achieve higher density housing at lower cost—while reducing the carbon footprint of their projects. Yet, many familiar with wood construction for two- to four-story residential structures are not aware that the International Building Code (IBC) allows wood-frame construction for five stories and more in building occupancies that range from business and mercantile to multi-family, military, senior, student and affordable housing.
- Identify the sustainability and economic benefits of using wood construction for mid-rise buildings.
- Summarize building code requirements and provisions for mid-rise multi-family 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.