Thermally modified wood is considered more decay resistant and dimensionally stable than non-modified wood; therefore, improving the performance of the wood in exterior applications. The color of locally sustainably harvested and sourced hardwoods can match that of tropical timber. So, what exactly is thermally modified wood? How is it made, is it more sustainable, and what are it’s properties? This short course introduces the basic concepts of thermally-modified (TM) wood including production process, properties, applications, and markets.
Where and When
VA Department of Forestry. Address: 900 Natural Resources Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22903
Date: October 17, 2019
Who should attend?
Architects, civil engineers, contractors, wholesale lumber distributors, retailers, building contractors, government and state agencies, and the general public interested in learning more about this material.
- Brian Grieb, GriD Architects
- Scott Seyler, Northland Forest Products
- Brian Bond, Virginia Tech
- Omar Espinoza, University of Minnesota
- Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech
- Juan Gonzalez, Virginia Tech
- 8:30 am. Welcome and introductions (Terrance Lasher, Virginia Department of Forestry)
- 8:45 am. Wood Modification techniques (Brian Bond, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech) •9:30 am. Coffee break and networking
- 9:45 am. Thermally-modified (TM) wood basics (Scott Seyler, Northland Forest Products)
- 10:30 am. Markets for TM wood (Omar Espinoza, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota)
- 11:15 am. Applications of TM wood: An architect perspective (Brian Grieb, AIA, LEED AP from GriD Architects)
- 12:00 pm. Lunch and networking
- 1:00 pm. Variability of Commercially Available Thermally-modified Lumber (Juan Gonzalez, Brian Bond, and Henry Quesada, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech)
- 1:30 pm. Tour of Northland Forest Products TM wood facility
- 2:30 pm. Final questions, opportunities and threats
- 3:00 pm. Adjourn
$100. Includes CE certificate (CE units and hours), coffee breaks, and lunch. To register please follow this link