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EDUCATION

ONLINE WOOD DESIGN, BUILD, AND CODE COURSES

The SLB is committed to furthering educational opportunities for building design, engineering, and construction professionals. The SLB’s online learning management system, the Wood Institute, launched in July 2020 as the first comprehensive, one-stop-shop for wood education.

The Institute’s expansive wood design, build, and code course catalog allows architects, engineers, contractors, and building code officials to earn continuing education credits on-demand from the SLB’s funded programs—American Wood Council, Think Wood, and WoodWorks—and third-party partners.

The Institute’s 140+ contemporary course offerings have been carefully constructed by design and engineering professionals. Find continuing education courses on mass timber, carbon, sustainable forestry, codes, design & building science, interiors, decks, and more. Many courses have been approved for credit by the AIA, AIBD, GBCI, ICC, and NCSEA after meeting their rigorous standards for the course material.

All courses are free to explore and learn. The SLB and its partners are adding new course content regularly, as well as taking steps to provide ongoing project support and drive building conversions from other building materials to wood.

The SLB’s funded programs focus on education extends beyond the Wood Institute, with more than 108,000 hours of education taken by professionals in 2021.

EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

Through a new partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA), the SLB has launched several new education offerings, including the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition, the Timber Education Prize, and a new higher education digital resource library.

  • Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition
    The ASCA, in partnership with the SLB and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will host the 2021/2022 Timber in the City competition, which will challenge students to design a carbon-friendly midrise, mixed-use complex using mass timber and integrating biophilic design. This is the fourth year of the competition, with this year’s focus on the interrelationship between housing, urban transit infrastructure, equitable living, and climate change.
  • Timber Education Prize and Resource Library
    The Timber Education Prize recognizes effective and innovative instruction that create a stimulating and evidence-based environment for learning about timber. Using wood as a building material can achieve multiple design, construction, and performance objectives. Therefore, these courses equip students with the knowledge and design skills to achieve green building goals in a range of project types. In January 2022, five courses were selected to receive a cash prize and support to lead their courses at their host institution within the next two years. In addition to administering the prize, the ACSA will create a higher education timber-resource digital library, which will be stocked with course materials and resources for use in architecture and design school courses.

In 2021, the SLB became a National Pantheon partner of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), a nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. Since then, the AIAS has become a key partner by helping to promote the education goals of the SLB through sponsorships, co-exhibits, and alliance activities. Look for AIAS-coordinated stops on the Think Wood Mobile Tour in the upcoming tour season.