This program was built on five main pillars:
1. Wood Mechanics and Timber Structures
Starting with an understanding of the supply chain, students will come to appreciate the sustainable nature of wood, its unique structure, its living nature, its strengths and weaknesses, all in the context of other commonly used building materials.
2. Building Science
Students will learn how to evaluate and design modern buildings, focusing on energy efficiency, healthy living and durability.
Students will study a range of state-of-the-art sustainable designs and how these fit within the broader social and political context of sustainability.
Students will also participate in regular seminars offered by professional representatives such as foresters, wood technology specialists, manufacturers, architects, engineers, and other construction specialists.
4. Hands-on Experience
The only way to experience wood is to work with it. Students will build small-scale structures and explore the versatility and complexity of wood structures.
5. Team Work
Student teams will work together to build effective communications skills by working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of experts including professional engineers, architects, and community members.
Year at a Glance (2018)
- Orientation | January 4 - January 5
- Introduction to Wood as a Building Material | January 8 - January 26
- Wood Science | January 29 - February 16
- Building Science 1 | February 19 - March 9
- Special Topics 1 | March 12 - March 29
- Project Design 1 | April 3 - April 20
- Break | April 23 - May 4
- Building Science 2 | May 7 - May 24
- Wood Design 1 | May 28 - June 15
- Special Topics 2 | June 18 - July 6
- Wood Design 2 | July 9 - July 27
- Sustainable Design 1 | July 30 - August 17
- Break | August 20 - September 7
- Project Design 2 | September 10 - September 28
- Wood Processing | October 1 - October 19
- Project Design 3 | October 22 - December 15