Building Materials Used for Structural Systems


Lesson 3 of 4 will focus on the most common building materials used for structural systems within a building:
• Wood (Timber)
• Steel
• Concrete

This is important because these three materials are the most core of building resources we use today. In order to properly engineer and propose solutions we must understand the capabilities and limitations of the resources we have at our disposal. Each of these materials has benefits and negatives when it comes to application. Understanding them gives our students a foundational understanding and they will formulate a rationale for their application.


It is important for students to understand what materials and how they function to create, support, and sustain a structural system. 


They will see examples of each material and how it addresses the previous lessons loads, stress and strain on a building and which materials would be appropriate in a given circumstance.   

This is also where they will be selecting the material they will be using in the next project which will be a building design.  

Lesson Times

10 Minutes
50 Minutes
Closing Activity
10 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will understand the various properties of wood (timber), steel, and concrete and how they all effect a buildings overall structrual performance.

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