The technical program follows six main tracks:

  1. Materials and Products
  2. Connections
  3. Structural Systems
  4. Buildings and Bridges
  5. Building Envelope / Fire Safety / Serviceability
  6. Past, Present and Future


Materials and Products

This track is dedicated to the structural performance, grading and quality control of various building materials and products including round and sawn timber, glued laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), sandwich panels as well as new structural products and shapes, including those made of hardwoods, palm trees and bamboo.


This track is dedicated to various aspects of structural performance, modelling and design of connections, including traditional dowel-type fasteners, self-drilling screws, glued-in rods, moment resisting connections, and innovative fastenings for timber, CLT and composite systems. Long-term behaviour, fatigue and effects of moisture will also be covered under this track.

Structural Systems

This track covers a wide range of structural systems, such as traditional heavy timber frames and light-frame bracing, CLT structures and various composite systems (timber-concrete, timber-steel, timber-glass, etc.) along with other innovative assemblies for multi-storey and tall wood buildings. Of particular interest are the long-term performance and fatigue of timber-concrete composites, advances in seismic design and code development, including progress in low damage seismic design philosophy. 

Buildings and Bridges

This track deals with the latest achievements in testing, modelling, design, assessment and upgrading of whole buildings, specifically addressing multi-storey and tall buildings made of CLT, hybrid structures and other innovative systems, including post tension frames and 3D modules, with predominant focus on seismic and high wind designs. A special session is reserved to spotlight the Canadian Guide on tall wood buildings including structural and serviceability design, fire safety, prefabrication, quality assurance, etc. One full session is dedicated to design, construction and assessment of timber bridges.

Serviceability / Fire Safety / Rehabilitation

This track combines three different themes that have become deciding performance considerations in material specification and structural design in code requirements for multi-storey and tall wood buildings as well as repair of existing constructions around the world. Serviceability issues that are of specific interest to designers are short and long-term deflections, floor and building vibrations, and noise transmission. The second theme focuses on fire resistance and fire protection of building components, connections and systems. Issues of rehabilitation, recycling, and retrofitting of historic buildings and structures are discussed in the third theme.

Past, Present and Future

This track is of particular interest for architects and engineers developing principles of integrated design and construction in the current and future projects. It focuses on the re-emergence of wood as a main stream building material in contemporary architecture and its role in creating comfortable and healthy living environments showcasing whole building design approaches, integrated design process, and case studies. It also covers advances in design tools and teaching, as well as the industry strategies to increase and improve wood use in modern constructions considering sustainability, environmentally responsible construction, passive and net-zero energy house technologies, life cycle assessment, and multi-criteria evaluation.