Thermally Modified Wood Short Course

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Date(s) - 10/17/2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Department of Forestry


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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
Charlie Becker, VA Department of Forestry
Briand Bond, Virginia Tech
Omar Espinoza, University of Minnesota
Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech

8:30 am. Welcome and introductions (Charlie Becker, 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. Creating industry standards for TM wood (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, lunch, To register, please follow this link