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 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 in multiple applications.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None

Course Level: Introductory


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.


Brian Bond, Henry Quasada, Omar Espinoz, Scott Seyler, Matt Pryor, and Hal Mitchell



Date: October 28, 2021

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (breaks at 10:00am & 2:15pm)

Location: Cambria Hotel and Suites, 1 Helen Heneghan Way, Rockville, MD 20850

Course Schedule:

9:00am Introductions

9:15      Why wood modification?

9:30      Environmental Aspects/Green building/hardwood advantages

10:00    Wood modification techniques

10:30    Break

10:45    Thermally Modified Wood Properties

11:15    The Process: A plant or plant tour (Virtual)

12:00pm Break for Lunch

1:00      Markets for Thermally Modified Wood

1:30      Applications of Thermally Modified Wood: An architect’s perspective

2:15      Break

2:30      Specifying/Purchasing/Care

3:00      Leave for Watershed Tour

4:30      Wrap up, Questions and Answers

Learner Outcomes

Learning Objective 1:

Highlight the unique benefits of using exposed thermally modified wood on buildings

Learning Objective 2:

Explore types of projects that would be suitable for thermally modified wood use.

Learning Objective 3:

Explore lessons learned relative to best practices and material procurement of thermally modified wood.

Learning Objective 4:

Discuss how the use of thermally modified wood can economically support healthy and sustainable forests

Learning Objective 5:

Discuss the need for modifying or treating wood for external applications

Learning Objective 6:

Explore the properties of thermally modified wood and how the material behaves in application

Learning Objective 7:

Discuss the produced specifications and purchasing options for TMW

Learning Objective 8:

Highlight the recent us of thermally modified wood in Watershed Sustainability Project


Registration Deadline: October 21, 2021
Cost: $50.00
Payment Methods: Credit Card or Check*
Refund Policy: Refunds are available through October 21st.  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 9a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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