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Title: Research, technology transfer, and education needs assessment for non-residential wood structures in California

Author: Williamson, Tom; O'Connor, Jennifer; Martinson, Karen L.;

Date: 2009

Source: General technical report FPL-GTR-183

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)


Market share growth for wood products in the area of non-residential construction will require research, technology transfer, and education for architects, engineers, general contractors, and others involved in the decision-making process. To accomplish this in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, an assessment of user-based needs is desirable. This paper summarizes the results of three half-day needs assessment workshops with design professionals and wood product suppliers from southern California. From these workshops, an overall assessment of wood as a buildĀ­ing material was formulated and recommendations were made for new products and systems, research activities, and education and technology transfer. This assessment will serve as the basis for development and implementation of a national research program for wood-frame non-residential buildings through the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, FPInnovations, and the Coalition for Advanced Wood Structures.

Keywords: Wooden buildings, California, materials, design, construction, research, technological innovations, wooden-frame buildings, wood, non-residential, research, technology transfer, needs assessment, priorities, design, construction

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Williamson, Tom; O'Connor, Jennifer; Martinson, Karen L. 2009. Research, technology transfer, and education needs assessment for non-residential wood structures in California. General technical report FPL-GTR-183. Madison, WI: USDA-Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 10 p.


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