Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the difference between the physical characteristics of hardwood and softwood trees and identify a minimum of two species for each.
  2. Identify the preferred harvesting method used in responsible forest management of American hardwoods and cite a minimum of two of its positive effects in sustainable timber production and the forest eco-system.
  3. Explain the key points of the carbon cycle as it relates to hardwoods’ impact on the environment through its entire life-cycle process, from healthy forests to finished products.
  4. List documented environmental attributes that identify American hardwoods as a comparatively favorable carbon neutral building material.
  5. Agree that specifying American hardwoods in the material selection process plays a significant role in carbon neutral design


great course!

Kalli Trawick


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Quincy Sanderson

Very helpful

Quincy Sanderson

kinda hard

JaMya Calderon


Peter Cadoux

Great information. Interesting course!

Scott Frank

very educational

Svetlana Lunev

good course

Terrence Curry

good course

Terrence Curry

Great presentation- Thank you.

Paul Masino

Very inspiring!

Linda Berri

I had a hard time because I am a hands on listener! But overall, it was great

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erin cookson

Good General Information

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Jack Seitsinger

Very Informative

Jonathan Berkman

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Anne Smith

good course

Anne Smith

Great info, thanks!

David Lane

Awesome and very helpful information

Shyamal Khadye

Awesome and very helpful information

Shyamal Khadye


Ella DuuBose

Simple, good presentation.

Charles Grad

I love designing with wood.

David Bradley

Great presentation. Thanks.

Derreck Travis

very good, thanks.

Harvey Bernbaum

Very informative

Katarina Popovic

A very complete and interesting course. Full of mind-opening information.

Carla Acosta

Easy to grasp - good content


Great information on hardwoods

John D Skodi


Robert Sutter

informative and inspiring. I'd not realized how fast so much timber regrows!

Scott Snyder

Thank you!

Wanda Lowrey


Leila Ammar

Very informative

Adam Fischer

It was packed with great information. Thank you.



Shawn Xiaotu Xu

interesting presentation

Kurt Aichler

American Hardwoods and their Role in Carbon Neutral Design


This course begins with a look at Hardwoods' basics. It then presents the science surrounding hardwoods; the significant role they play in the environment and finally, as a material choice, discusses their importance in sustainable building. At the conclusion of the session attendees can be confident knowing that when they choose North American hardwoods, they are selecting a quintessentially green material that is ever-renewing, abundant and sustainable.

Credits: 1 AIA HSW + 1 USGBC/GBCI + 1 AIBC Core LU + 1 AAA Structured LU + 1 AANB, NSAA, ALBNL (EPP)

Length: 1h

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