The site is being developed by timber promotional campaign wood. for good in conjunction with Cortexa, previously known as The Learning Business, which provides online solutions including Cortexa eLearning.

Both organisations are working closely with other timber industry associations, including TRADA, the Institute of Wood Science and wood. for good members, in the development of the academy.

Phase one aims to educate architects and specifiers about the benefits of modern timber technology, offering a number of CPD-accredited modules while highlighting timber as a major constituent of the build environment.

The first of four modules to be released is “Properties of Wood in Construction” which outlines the structural properties of timber in the context of construction.

The “Sustainability and Climate Change” module examines ethical timber production and “Decking Design and Installation” looks at the use of wood in domestic and commercial landscaping.

“Engineered Wood in Construction” explores new technologies which allow wood to be used in applications where, historically, it would not have been considered.

Wood. for good project manager Tony Traynor said: “While we are aware that there have been attempts in the past to put CPD online, we believe that this initiative, taken with our partners, will take online professional development to a whole new level.”