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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.

MIT class designs 82,000-square-foot mass timber prototype

Another concern that has hindered mass timber efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere is that of fire safety. However, the heavy timber used in modern wood structures will typically char when exposed to fire, creating a flame resistant protective layer that preserves up to 90% of the wood's strength. (read more)

New Timber Construction Appears in Pair of Toronto Projects

Toronto’s current building boom has been realized largely with reinforced concrete as the building medium of choice. Some architects, developers, and academics, however, have been pushing for more sustainable building methods. In response, in 2015 the provincial government amended the Ontario Building Code to allow wood-frame structures as tall as six storeys. While no new projects have yet to hit the new maximum height here, two projects in Toronto are now well under construction using cross-laminated timber (CLT)—posts and beams made of glued layers of timber—that greatly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Timber sequesters carbon and promotes the harvesting of a renewable resource. The engineered CLT members are incredibly strong, and fire resistant. (read more)

Wood makes a comeback

There was a time when modern house building seemed to be heading towards steel and plastic. But recent advances in knowledge of wood is making it the comeback kid. New Zealand wood has a proud history – though much of it involved levelling most of our native forest and selling it to other people. (read more)

First timber office block for Docklands

WOODWORK, on Waterfront Way, has planning approval for a ground floor lobby, retail space and four large upper levels that can be interlinked to create functional, open plan space of almost 8000sqm. WOODWORK consists of 80 per cent CLT, an efficient prefabricated mass timber building method which has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials. Its natural insulation moderates the internal climate of the building and all timber is sourced from sustainable forests. (read more)

SmartLAM head: The US is ready for cross-laminated timber

With the cross-laminated timber (CLT) market expected to reach 1.4 million cubic meters by 2022, timber-focused firms that play their cards right are primed for healthy growth. Casey Malmquist, president and general manager of Columbia Falls, Montana-based SmartLAM, founded the company in 2012. SmartLAM was the first manufacturer of CLT in the U.S. and one of just a handful in North America. Malmquist, a builder and developer, worked with offsite construction and had what he said was an “a-ha” moment when he discovered CLT due to the potential he saw in it from a business perspective and because the material's renewability resonated with his background in environmental studies. (read more)

Building a safer, more sustainable construction industry with cross laminated timber

As the construction industry sharpens its focus on sustainability, the popularity of structural timber continues to grow. In the wake of 2016 changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) that enabled timber construction up to 8 storeys for certain building classes, engineered timber is increasingly regarded as a viable structural material. (read more)

Yale University and UN Environment design self-sufficient tiny home

Yale University and Gray Organschi Architecture have designed and built a self-sufficient tiny house for UN Environment and UN Habitat, and the building is on display in UN Plaza in Midtown Manhattan until August 11. The Ecological Living Module contains 215 square feet of occupiable interior space and carves out another 16 square feet for a rear mechanical closet. The unit uses passive lighting and moisture collection, structural cross-laminated timber (CLT), food-growing green walls, and sun-tracking solar panels to shrink both the building’s embodied energy and resource needs. (read more)

Senators Announce Grant for Timber Research

Oregon’s U.S. Senators have announced that a nearly half-million-dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has been awarded to Oregon State University for research on the durability of cross-laminated timber. (read more)

Offner will realize planned CLT plant in Wiesenau

The cross laminated timber (CLT) plant, which has been planned by the Austrian Johann Offner Holzindustrie for some time, is being built on the site of the former RZ Holzindustrie in Wiesenau near Bad St. Leonhard. The construction of the CLT plant at Offner's headquarters in Wolfsberg, which was planned as an alternative to Wiesenau, failed due to difficulties with the approval. The potential site was in a flood zone and there is a deep well on the site. According to a report in the "Kleine Zeitung", construction work is to begin in the course of the first quarter of 2019, with commissioning scheduled for 2020. An annual capacity of 150,000 m³ is planned for the final expansion. (read more)

The Timber Trend Continues with 10-Storey Hotel in State First

Developer Australian Development Capital has been green-lit for its $14 million timber-framed Leadlight hotel, in a first for timber construction in Western Australia. The mixed-use development will stand 10-storeys tall and offer guests 126 hotel rooms with a ground-floor courtyard. ADC acquired the high-profile heritage building, the former Kenny Buildings located on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle streets in inner-city Northbridge, in June 2016. (read more)