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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.

Are Wooden Skyscrapers in our Future?

The state of Oregon recently became the first in the country to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for “tall mass timber buildings,” under its Statewide Alternate Method (SAM). The SAM approval lays a path for the state and perhaps the rest of the country to usher in an increase in the use of mass timber wood products in commercial and residential buildings. Prior to the ruling, structures of this type were limited to six stories in height. (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)

Oregon just became the first state to legalize mass timber high-rises, and it could lead to a boom in tall wood buildings

A growing number of North American architects and developers are supporting mass timber construction. Tall timber can sequester carbon, it's more resistant to fire than concrete, and it's often cheaper than using steel or concrete. Timber structures use large, prefabricated wood pieces. (read more)

‘Tremendous’ growth potential for mass timber construction

Mass timber construction is already an established and proven form of construction in Canada and Europe, and is gaining popularity across the United States. Mass timber projects have been on the rise in Colorado despite the height restrictions currently imposed by the 2015 IBC, and with the ongoing innovation and research surrounding the fire-resistiveness of mass timber that seeks to remove those height restrictions, there is tremendous growth potential in the mass timber market. (read more)

Mass Timber Tower Carbon12 Rises Over Code and Financing Hurdles

For Portland, Ore., developer and architect Ben Kaiser, the future of architecture and high-rise construction lies in wood. “To make an impact around environmentally conscious construction, you have to start with the big idea,” he says. (read more)

This Week in Tech: Oregon Legalizes Mass Timber High-Rises

Oregon has become the first state to legalize the constructon of mass timber buildings exceeding six stories in height under its statewide alternate method, according to the American Wood Council (AWC). Passed as part of a recent addendum to the state's building code, this legislation will enable the more widespread adoption of mass timber construction in the state, and sets a precedent for other states to follow. (read more)

MIT champions large-scale timber architecture with Longhouse proposal

Wood is the key to a more sustainable building industry, says architect John Klein, who has led Massachusetts Institute of Technology students in designing a large community centre from mass timber. The Longhouse is a 40-foot-high structure to be made from laminated veneer lumber (LVL), one of a new class of engineered wood products that are able to withstand high levels of stress. (read more)

The largest dowel laminated timber project in North America begins construction in Des Moines

11 East Grand, a 66,800-sf, four-story multi-use building, is currently under construction in Des Moines. The building is the largest dowel laminated timber (DLT) project in North America. DLT, manufactured by StructureCraft, will be used for the floor and roof assemblies. The columns and beams will be made from glue laminated timber. (read more)

Oregon is first state to change building code to allow tall mass timber buildings

Oregon recently became the first state to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for tall mass timber buildings. Under Oregon’s statewide alternate method (SAM), developers can receive early technical consideration and approval on tall mass timber structures. The Administrator of the State Building Codes Division issued SAM No. 18-01, which provides a prescriptive path for utilization of the code requirements developed by the International Code Council (ICC) Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee over the past two years. (read more)

Tall timber construction gets the seal of approval in Oregon

Mass timber is having a moment. Plans for wooden buildings are popping up around the country, but the fact remains that building tall with timber is a challenge. That’s slowly changing. Oregon recently approved an addendum to its building code that allows timber structures to be built over six stories without having to acquire special permission. This update to the state’s buildings code comes after years of scientific and technical evaluation around technologies like cross laminated timber, and it effectively recognizes mass timber as a safe and viable mode of construction going forward. (read more)