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Multi-Story Wood Construction: A Cost-Effective and Sustainable Solution

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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 tomulti-family, military, senior, student and affordable housing.


1. Identify the sustainability and economic benefits of using wood construction for mid-rise buildings.
2. Summarize building code requirements and provisions for mid-rise multi-family wood-frame structures.
3. Discuss wood framing solutions that address issues such as shrinkage, fire protection, and seismic requirements while minimizing carbon footprint.
4. Explore innovations in wood framing design techniques and wood product technologies that enhance energy efficiency.

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