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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.

A Mass Timber Tower Rises in Portland

Until recently, buildings taller than five stories had to be constructed of steel or reinforced concrete, both of which require about 80 percent more energy to produce and represent about 200 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new engineered wood product. (read more)

Shigeru Ban Designs Triad of Timber Pyramids for Kentucky Owl Park

Shigeru Ban Architects have been selected to a new 420-acre campus for the owners of Kentucky Owl Bourbon just south of Louisville, Kentucky. The new project will convert the former Cedar Creek Quarry into a distillery, bottling center, and rickhouses. Working with landscape architects Design Workshop from Denver and Earthscape from Tokyo, the $150 million project will be built with three timber pyramids housing the distillery at the center of the development. The new plans come after Stoli Group purchased the Kentucky Owl brand in 2017. (read more)

Tall timber skyscrapers beacon for a future friendlier to climate, Vancouver conference hears

While the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes more dire warnings about the speed of change, building experts offer mass-timber options to reduce carbon emissions in construction. (read more)

Designing tall timber buildings to withstand tornadoes

New research from the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) School of Engineering and Western University, Ont., provides a roadmap to safer tall timber building designs in tornado-prone areas (read more)

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)