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The Benefits of Mass Timber for Community Spaces

Earn 1 AIA LU.

With the built environment being responsible for nearly 40% of the country’s annual GhG emissions, using low-carbon mass timber systems is one way to help design a climate positive future. In addition to sustainability, aesthetics and occupant experience are often key drivers for the design of community-centric spaces such as cultural, recreational, and civic projects.

These top design firms will present case studies showing the dynamic use of mass timber for public-facing buildings and share their design and construction stories, sustainability targets, and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the biophilic and aesthetic benefits of designing with mass timber.
  • Understand the benefits of mass timber construction systems for construction management and schedules.
  • Understand the code updates and challenges associated with building with mass timber and how these are changing to accommodate larger and more complex mass timber projects.
  • Understand how incorporating mass timber structural systems can help reach carbon reduction goals.

Moderator: Jack Murphy


Don Weinreich


Ennead Architects

Isaac Harris

Opsis Architecture

Erik Knauss



Jack Murphy

Executive Editor

The Architect’s Newspaper


November 17


1:00 pm

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