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The Mass Timber Code Coalition is dedicated helping International Code Council (ICC) voters understand the clear and certain benefits of tall wood buildings. Below is the latest news about tall mass timber and the importance of the upcoming ICC vote. Click here to read what others are saying about mass timber.

Historic Mass-Timber and High-Strength-Rebar Code Proposals Make Headway

Proponents of two historic code changes-one to allow taller mass-timber buildings and the other to allow use of higher-strength reinforcing steel-are optimistic after recent ballots at two different meetings moved the proposals closer to acceptance by code officials and standards developers. (read more)

Timber rises

Three years ago, Oregon's embattled rural timber industry proclaimed it would rise again atop wooden skyscrapers. Now the dream is turning to reality as regulations lift, factories ramp up production and the nation's premier mass-timber research arm expands its offerings. (read more)

Mass timber's striking case for sustainability

John Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology research scientist and head of architecture and building firm John Klein Design, has a particular interest in mass timber. After working in London and Beijing, Klein came back to the U.S. to "find new ways and approaches to address the challenges of the built environment." (read more)

Tall Mass Timber code proposals approved at Intl. Code Council public comment hearings

Fourteen tall mass timber code change proposals were approved during the International Code Council (ICC) public comment hearings. The proposals are now subject to ICC's online voting, scheduled to begin in November. The final outcome of the voting is expected in December. (read more)

Support for Tall Timber Reaches New Heights in the Building Code

Wood is widely recognized as a carbon-neutral building material, but its use as a structural material has been mostly limited to residential and low-rise buildings due to its combustible nature. Through recent advances in manufacturing and engineering, wood in the form of mass timber products is increasingly attracting interest as a structural system for tall buildings. (read more)

Stronger, cheaper, greener: Moving towards mass timber

Ethan Martin is in the business of myth busting. As a licensed structural engineer and regional director for WoodWorks in the U.S., Martin educates architects and engineers about the use of wood as a replacement for concrete and steel. "I show people step by step how to build wood buildings," he said. (read more)

Can Future Cities be Timber Cities? Google's Sidewalk Labs Asks the Experts

Steel and concrete facades have dominated contemporary cityscapes for generations, but as pressures from climate change pose new challenges for design and construction industries, some firms are turning to mass timber as the construction material of the future. But could it be used for structures as complex as skyscrapers? (read more)

Take a look inside the largest wooden office complex in the US

More architects are turning to mass timber- or large, prefabricated wood pieces - to sequester carbon and lower greenhouse-gas emissions. In addition to being better for the environment, mass timber is cheaper and more resistant to fire than steel or concrete. (read more)

Design revealed for mass-timber residential tower in Milwaukee

"Ascent" is the apt name of what would be the tallest mass-timber building in the Western Hemisphere, a 21-story 410,000-sf mixed-use tower that would be located in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. (read more)

Oregon seeks to become U.S. mass timber hub

Timm Locke relishes a chance to drive around Portland and showcase the latest commercial buildings made with mass timber, a construction material that uses wood beams and panels instead of concrete and steel. First stop: Albina Yard, a four-story office building that opened in 2016 featuring cross-laminated timber panels from D.R. Johnson, a lumber company south of Roseburg, Ore. (read more)