Course has been cancelled.

About this Course

In this course we will explore Thermally Modified Wood (TMW) as a material for interior and exterior uses. 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 and a trip to visit a structure where it has been used. Speakers will include faculty from the University of Minnesota and Virginia Tech who study TMW properties, industry personnel who manufacture and sell TMW, and architects who have used TMW in projects. The course will include a tour of the Bell Museum, where TMW was used on the exterior of the structure.


6.0 AIA LU

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.


Date: October 27, 2022

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Location: St. Paul Student Center, Room 202, on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108


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.


Registration Deadline: Course has been cancelled
Cost: $50.00
Payment Methods: Credit Card or Check*
Refund Policy: Refunds are available through October 20th.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee. 

*This registration system is only set up to accept online credit card payments. If you are paying by check, please include 'Course # CNRE-SBIO-04' in the memo line of your check, and make the check payable to Treasurer of Virginia Tech. There is a $50.00 returned check fee.  Please mail your check to:

Angela Riegel
Sustainable Biomaterials (0503)
Brooks Forest Products Center
1650 Research Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0503

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

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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