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  • Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW | 1 PDH

    Wood has been a key material for use in siding, trim, and fascia products for over 1,000 years but has found new applications due to advancements in finishing and treating. Innovative manufacturing processes improve the durability and workability of wood while maintaining the timeless nature of the material, giving the design community more options. This course takes architects and designers through the most specified wood species, the manufacturing processes used to create different surfaces and profiles, and the finishing options that are available. The course will also include a discussion of thermally modified wood, including its benefits and maintenance considerations.

    By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

    1. Identify the most common wood species and their applications within the building assembly.
    2. Explore options for wood siding, trim, and fascia products, including those made of thermally modified wood.
    3. Understand the benefits of interlocking profiles versus traditional overlapping profiles and how real wood is machined and profiled.
    4. Examine the machine-applied finishing process and its benefits over field-applied finishing.


    1. Complete the learning materials located under course content.
    2. Once you have completed the course content, you will need to take the quiz.  You must pass the quiz with a score of 70% or higher to receive credit for the course; AIA credit earned will be reported for you. 
    3. You have unlimited attempts to take the quiz to achieve the minimum score of 70%.
    4. After completing the quiz, your certificate and course survey will be available for you to download.

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