Connecting the Dots: Detailing for Better Wood-Frame Buildings


What This Presentation Covers:

Wood-frame construction is still the default for new low- and mid-rise multi-unit residential buildings, and conventional framing and materials can still meet the higher insulation and airtightness requirements coming into place all over North America. But as expectations rise, attentive detailing work and planning become critical for achieving an enclosure that is thermally efficient, airtight, buildable, durable, and affordable. In this session, an experienced wood-frame enclosure designer and co-author of the new, updated 2020 Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings will share practical detailing examples for insulation, air barrier, and moisture barrier continuity across the whole building, in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This session will give designers and builders the tools to both meet current building codes and adapt to the future of wood-frame residential construction.

This presentation was delivered as part of our Building Science Live Series

 You'll Learn About:

  • The basics of wood as a building material and how it plays a role in wood-frame construction.
  • Barriers that make properly detailing and constructing conventional wood-frame buildings challenging.
  • The importance and value of well-thought-out and clearly conveyed enclosure details, especially in terms of constructability and cost.
  • Concepts you can use when planning and detailing typical transitions, window and door openings, and penetrations.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides are included.
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to architects and other professionals who design wood-frame multi-unit residential buildings, and the builders who make them, particularly those looking to future-proof their design and detailing approaches. 

Continuing Education Credits:

This presentation is delivered by James Higgins

*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here