Wood Framed Commercial Buildings on the Rise

That’s not a misprint. At TMA, we have been working with a wood frame on a wide range of project types, reinforcing a trend that has been on the rise.

When selecting materials, many clients are laser-focused on cost, and that’s understandable. However, choosing a timber frame is not only beneficial to the environment, it offers cheaper material costs, faster construction speed, durability, and sustainability – and presents an opportunity to maximize the value of a project.

In terms of design, building codes are beginning to implicate the aforementioned principals. In many cases, using a wood frame can achieve the same scale of building as a steel frame, (i.e. mid-rise projects) and is also the more cost-effective solution.

An example of wood framing innovation that TMA is using is the T-stud, which can be used in a system that improves energy efficiency. This particular type of stud consists of two lumber members with an internal truss system (made from dowels) followed by a poured in place, closed cell foam. The intention is to provide a thermal break between the interior and exterior environments, in which the interior ambient temperature remains consistent regardless of the outside elements.

We have spoken to a number of clients who are interested in being more eco-friendly. In some cases, the “cost” of going green can seem prohibitive. In the case of wood framed commercial buildings, it allows the owner to reduce their carbon footprint with a cost-effective solution. If you’d like more information about this type of building, please contact Megan Barbee at

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  1. […] new technology, which is a system we are incorporating into our projects, is a type of “smart frame” composed of T-studs.  The T-stud consists of two lumber members with an internal truss system […]