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Redwood is a favorite material among architects, designers, builders, and other specifiers because of its natural strength, beauty, and overall performance characteristics as a sustainable building material. Humboldt Redwood is pleased to provide the following redwood architectural information resources for building professionals to learn more about application details, technical and engineering data, as well as AIA courses that provide insight into specifying redwood as a sustainable building product.
Redwood Specification Information
Redwood certified to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards will count towards credit achievement under both LEED 2009 and LEED v4, as well as SITES v2. Our Redwood Lumber and Timber Products profile is on the ARCAT website, where product specifications, catalogues, videos, and LEED information may be found. If you have additional architectural specification questions about redwood, feel free to contact us directly.
AIA Lunch &
Humboldt Redwood offers two, AIA LU/HSW credit hour courses that provide insight into specifying Redwood as a sustainable building product. In addition, we offer an AIA approved course regarding commercial and residential applications of Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW). All courses are available online to anyone.
In-person courses are available for architecture firms and AIA affiliated groups in the Western U.S. Please contact us to schedule an in-person Lunch & Learn course.
Building with Redwood Timbers
This course by Hanley Wood University provides evidence that Redwood Timbers offer a strong, durable option for building projects. It explores the use of Redwood Timbers for post and beam construction, decorative elements, and outdoor living structures such as pergolas and arbors. The course provides comparisons between Redwood and other timber options. It also provides information about Redwood’s compliance with California’s Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) thanks to its natural resistance to fire.
Redwood: A Sustainable Building Product
This course by AEC Daily provides evidence that Redwood makes it easy to build sustainably without sacrificing quality or elegance. It also provides information on how Redwood is renewable and recyclable, and cleaner to produce than composite or plastic building products. The details of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing redwood and plastic/composite decking options are shared, as well as information about Redwood’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
This course by Ron Blank describes the features of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW), and the difference between fire resistance and flame spread. The course also lists the various types of FRTW and their specific applications. The course further explains what the model building codes require, and how FRTW is specified. Finally, the course describes how FRT wood is manufactured, tested, and certified.
Humboldt Redwood is pleased to connect architects who use redwood with those who want to learn more about redwood for sustainable building. Check out beautiful projects designed with Redwood by our featured architects, all of whom are passionate about how redwood can be the perfect material for many projects.
“I love redwood because it’s evocative, it’s warm, it’s rich, and the wood has a beautiful grain. On the outside, it’s durable and resistant. It’s interestingly both a classic structural material and a beautiful finishing material.”
— Aleck Wilson, Aleck Wilson Architects
Aleck Wilson embarks on each new design project with the end results in mind. From the start, he and his team of architects seek to draw inspiration from their clients as well as the firm’s wealth of knowledge and experience. With an emphasis on contemporary aesthetics, Wilson and his team excel at moving their clients through all phases of the design and construction process, seeing each project through to completion. By approaching each project as a unique exploration of possibility, Aleck Wilson Architects have established a solid foundation of trust with their clients.
With a 20 year history of building and working in the Bay Area, Aleck Wilson and his team specialize in residential and hospitality projects across the Western United States. Implementing a diverse mix of materials and expression of space and form, Aleck Wilson Architects have developed a rich and well-rounded portfolio of work.
Aleck Wilson’s projects feature plenty of open areas and natural light, bringing warmth to the living space. As a third generation architect, he chooses redwood as both a classic structural material, and for its visual interest. His decision to design with redwood stems from his appreciation of its ability to maintain stability over time, and it’s evocative and rich appearance. Aleck Wilson’s dedication to creating with redwood supports a sustainable lifestyle that will last for years to come.
“Architecture is about composition – form and light and material coming together in ways that are beautiful, functional, and elegant in their simplicity. Those perfect moments are what we, as a firm, live for.”
— Olle Lundberg, Lundberg Design
Olle Lundberg is the Design Principal at Lundberg Design in San Francisco. Lundberg Design has a very diverse practice – designing everything from homes, corporate headquarters, wineries, restaurants, bus shelters and more! Their style can be described as “nature-inspired modernism” and they strive for elegant, simple solutions in their work. They have a passion for environmentally responsible designs which is one of the reasons why they choose to design with redwood and other sustainable building materials.
Lundberg Design’s basic philosophy for environmental sustainability is thinking long term; designing singular places that last. They believe that Architects should lead the way in sustainable building that minimizes resource consumption and carbon emissions while still producing beautiful buildings that users will love.
“If you’re designing a building that’s going to last for 50 years, you have to think about not just how it’s going to look on opening day, but how it’s going to patina, and age gracefully over time. Redwood is one of those materials that lasts incredibly well, and looks really beautiful without much maintenance. “
— Phoebe Schenker, EHDD
Phoebe Schenker values a strong concept. Thinking in three dimensional spaces, she strives to connect with clients through a narrative of materials, textures, and design. When speaking about why she chooses to design with redwood, she speaks to its warmth, texture, and sustainability...
“When selecting a material, there are always so many factors to consider about its sustainability. It is local? How low is the carbon footprint? What are the life cycle costs? What are the maintenance needs? Redwood performs really well on a lot of those tests – plus it has inherent quality and beauty. To me, redwood is one of the prime building materials we have at our disposal.”
Phoebe Schenker has worked on several notable projects, including overseeing construction on the $100 million expansion project of the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Serving as the Project Manager for the Lands End Lookout and Visitor Center in San Francisco, she has a keen understanding of what materials work best within their environment.
Phoebe Schenker’s passion for sustainable building projects and her desire to work with renewable resources make redwood an ideal material for her to work with.