GB710 – Mass Timber in Housing: Aesthetics, Affordability & Sustainability

Categories: Green Building
Course Length: 1.5h
Accreditation: AIA LU, ICC CEU
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The recent adoption of mass timber building types in the International Building Code has opened up options for designers to use the material in a range of structures. Mass timber has tremendous potential to reduce carbon emissions and sequester carbon, as well as provide a better living environment for its occupants. The U.S. Forest Service has invested over $40M in grants in support of mass timber construction, manufacture, research and education since 2015.  The Forest Service continues to identify new investment opportunities to grow wood product markets. The use of mass timber as a “green” solution for low cost, affordable housing has become an important focus for our Wood Innovations Program. Prominent mass timber projects including the Heartwood in Seattle and a small, urban affordable housing development in Boston will be discussed. Join AWC for this 90-minute program with special guests Susan Jones, FAIA, of atelierjones, Kevin Naranjo from the US Forest Service, and Tom Chung, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C with Leers Weinzapfel Associates to discuss Mass Timber in Housing: Aesthetics, Affordability, and Sustainability.


  • Recognize US Forest Service efforts to promote mass timber investment opportunities.
  • Explain why mass timber is a viable alternative for affordable housing.
  • Describe how using mass timber can overcome challenges related to urban infill construction.
  • Discuss why mass timber is a feasible option for both large and small projects.

Funding provided in part by the Softwood Lumber Board.

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Course Content

Mass Timber in Housing

  • Recorded Presentation
  • Mass Timber in Housing Assessment