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Architectural Millwork Specifying in the Carbon Neutral Environment, A Tech Talk with the Woodwork Institute

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About This Program

In reducing energy use to cut greenhouse gasses, HVAC systems have changed. With this change has come a wider range of interior temperature and relative humidity, leading to increased movement in wood and laminate products used in architectural millwork. Materials must be suitable for this environment, and design must take into account the dimensional changes over time. This tech talk will provide information on materials and designs that allow for this movement while keeping to the design intent.

Session Takeaways

  • Identify areas within architectural millwork where movement will create problems.
  • Learn how to select materials whose characteristics are suitable for the built environment.
  • Design woodworking joints and transitions that allow movement to occur without detracting from the finished appearance.
  • Learn how to avoid mixing materials with different types and amounts of movement to prevent failures.

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU*
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.

Relevant Practices

Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction
Quality Assurance/Quality Control


  • Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT

    With a woodworking lineage dating from 1929, Mitch Taylor’s expertise and commitment to the industry were cultivated throughout his life. He joined Taylor Millwork and Stair Co as a teen, later graduating from Cal State Dominguez Hills, then commencing full-time work in 1974. Beginning in production, he refined his skills in casework, stair assembly and installation, then moved onto estimation, detailing and engineering.

    In 1984 he co-founded Taylor Brother Stair Co., specializing in upscale residential and commercial projects, offering high-quality millwork and casework.

    Since 2011, as Woodwork Institute’s Architectural Services Director, he offers certification inspections, AIA seminars and expert guidance to design professionals and millwork firms.

November 14, 2023
Tue 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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