Online Micro-Certificate: Hybrid Timber Construction

What is the Hybrid Timber Construction Micro-Certificate?

The Faculty of Forestry’s Hybrid Timber Construction Micro-Certificate is a flexible 8-week online program that provides design professionals with an understanding of hybrid construction with structural components or systems engineered by combining wood and wood-based products with other materials, mainly steel or reinforced concrete.

Why choose the Hybrid Timber Construction Micro-Certificate?

Net zero carbon emission is the new target for a sustainable built environment and requires concrete and timely actions among different professional bodies in our community. Several organizations around the world are asking their design professionals to reduce the embodied carbon in the design and construction of our infrastructures by using less impactful materials, new building technologies and sustainable design methods. This has resulted in a surge in demand for engineers, architects, designers and other skilled professionals specialized in developing innovative bio-based strategies for the building industry, particularly hybrid timber construction, from low-rise to large and multi-story structural applications.

The certificate offers engineered-oriented, practical, hands-on training for professionals, including those currently working and those seeking to gain additional skills for better employment placements and provides a unique perspective that comes from collaboration and knowledge exchange between university researchers, not-for-profit R&D organizations, the private sector, and the industry.

What will you learn?

This 8-week flexible online program is rooted in building examples, focusing on practical case studies of hybrid timber construction and making linkages among the analysis, design and construction methods.

Participants will gain knowledge about the following:

  • engineered wood products, from material behaviour to hybrid timber construction
  • the meaning of hybrid structures as a way for aesthetic and structural efficiency augmentation of hybrid buildings, including offsite fabrication of their components for faster build times
  • how to include hybrid structural elements and systems in your design, referring to timber-steel, timber-concrete and timber-steel-concrete combinations
  • how to account for element fabrication and prefabrication aspects to provide the design with an effective framework featuring connections and connection technologies for inducing enhanced performance to the structural system
  • perform structural analysis and structural assembly detailing of hybrid multi-story buildings with particular reference to seismic actions
  • design of timber-based composite components for long-span applications, including hybrid trusses, floors and bridges

Who should apply?

This program is open to those professionals in planning, designing, and building structures interested and in need of training and skills development in the area of hybrid timber construction, particularly looking to incorporate sustainable wood products and innovative building design strategies into their projects.

The program fits engineers and architects, and other industry practitioners who want to know about timber-based cutting-edge technologies for hybrid building components and systems, with particular attention to their structural design and analysis.

Employment Opportunities

  • Private sector — engineering and architecture firms and companies, consulting firms
  • Building industry and manufacturers — with interests in timber specialists
  • Cities and communities (Urban planners)
  • Non-governmental organizations (Professional bodies, R&D Institutes)
  • Government (Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Construction Materials Centre)