About this Course

In this course we will explore Thermally Modified Wood (TMW) as a material for interior and exterior uses and provide examples of its use. TMW are wood species harvested in a sustainable manner in the United States and subjected to high temperatures to modify the properties and color. TMW is chemical free, has high decay resistance, is more dimensionally stable, and is a renewable, sustainable way to sequester carbon in a useful building material. Due to the darker color of TMW, it has been used as an alternative to many tropical hardwoods in decking and siding applications. We will discuss what is TMW, how it is made, its sustainability, uses, lessons in specification/application, examples of its use in design, and visit a structure where it has been used (OMNI PGA Frisco Resort).


Date: December 15, 2023

Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas/Frisco North-Fieldhouse, 6070 Sports Village Road, Frisco, TX 75033.  We will also travel to the OMNI PGA Frisco Resort to view the use of TMW.  The OMNI is approximately a 15 minute drive.


You will be given the option during checkout to register as an Individual or as a Group.  If you select Group Registration, please follow these instructions to complete your checkout: Group Instructions.

If you have any trouble with registration, please contact our helpline at vceprograms@vt.edu.  


This course has been submitted for AIA CES credit.

AIA Provider Statement:

Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number 600114177. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs.  Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning programs may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or 800-242-3837 - option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education.  As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES.  Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit.  AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members.  Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title:  Thermally Modified Wood: A sustainable alternative

Delivery Method:  Live In-person

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to bbond@vt.edu or by calling (540-231-8752).  Dr. Bond will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund.  Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Learning Objectives

  • Highlight the unique benefits of using exposed thermally modified wood on buildings
  • Explore types of projects that would be suitable for thermally modified wood use.
  • Explore lessons learned relative to best practices and material procurement of thermally modified wood.
  • Discuss how the use of thermally modified wood can economically support healthy and sustainable forests
  • Discuss the need for modifying or treating wood for external applications
  • Explore the properties of thermally modified wood and how the material behaves in application
  • Discuss the produced specifications and purchasing options for TMW
  • Highlight the recent use of thermally modified wood in the Bell Museum Project


8:30am-9:00 what is Thermally Modified Wood? Brian Bond, Virginia Tech

9:00-9:45 Sustainability of TMW – Scott Seyler, Northland Forest Products

9:45 -10:00 Break

10:00 -10:30 Specifications, uses, maintenance Andy Dalzell, Bingaman & Son Lumber

10:30 – 11:15 Architects Perspective on TMW – Brian Grieb, GriD Architects

11:15- 12:00 The OMNI PGA Product – Todd Scherle, SB ARCHITECTS

1:00 – 2:30 Tour the OMNI PGA Hotel


Registration Deadline: December 13, 2023
Cost: $75.00
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Only
Refund Policy: Refunds are available if requested by December 6th.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee. 

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Brian Bond at bbond@vt.edu

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Brian Bond at 540-231-8752 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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