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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.

Northbridge's timber hotel to blend style and heritage

The developers of Leadlight Hotel in Northbridge anticipate WA’s first timber-framed high-rise will open its doors in two years. Australian Capital Development’s Adam Zorzi said the developer was “very happy” to have gained Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority approval for the development, an 11-storey hotel with rooftop bar and cinema and swimming pool, integrated into the five heritage-listed brick and iron buildings designed by architect Charles Oldham and built in 1903 in the gold rush. (read more)

Perth jumps into timber with 10-storey hotel

Western Australia is joining the timber trend sweeping the eastern seaboard with its first timber-framed building, a 10-storey hotel at inner city Northbridge. The $14 million “Leadlight” hotel on the corner of Beaufort and Newcastle streets being developed by Adam Zorzi and Rod Hamersley’s Australian Development Capital has got the green light to build what will be one of the largest timber structures in Australia. (read more)

Addison Street apartments in Shellharbour Village are the first of their kind in NSW

The first NSW residential project using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is now complete in Shellharbour Village. Open viewings started with 100 people looking through on Wednesday with the apartments going to action on August 4. Watermark Shellharbour in Addison Street has been build by Illawarra-based construction company Hyperbuild. The project has attracted national interest because CLT is considered a revolutionary building material. (read more)

The housing shortage and the need to think - and act- differently to tackle it

It is predicted that the UK needs around 300,000 new homes every year for the foreseeable future, to tackle the housing shortage. That’s a staggering challenge, not just because this is such a huge number, but because these homes can’t be just any old houses. They should also be energy efficient, have as low an environmental impact as possible, and if they are going to alleviate the problem, many must also tick that all-important ‘affordable’ box. Meeting this challenge is being made even tougher by low productivity in the construction sector, and a skills and materials shortfall which is only going to be worsened by Brexit. (read more)

Fireproof Wood Poised to Save Houses, the Earth

The phrase “wood buildings” conjures up images of flammable, unsafe architecture, but M-Fire Suppression Inc. is looking to change that picture. And it wants its fire-resistant wood to be the new face of ecologically friendly building. One of the most common tests of a material’s fire resistance is a spread test, where inspectors measure how long it takes fire to spread across the material as compared to control materials. (read more)

Mass timber comes of age: Code consideration, evolving supply chain promise new options for tall wood buildings

Judging by the outcome of the International Code Council (ICC) Group A Committee Action Hearing, April 15-23, in Columbus, Ohio, it’s likely that we will be seeing more and taller mass timber buildings across the country very soon. At that hearing, 14 code proposals related to new and taller types of mass timber construction were recommended for approval by the broader ICC membership this fall. (read more)

The New Age of Heavy Timber

It is often said that in life everything seems to go in cycles, with what is old soon becoming new again. This has appeared to be the case within the fire service in recent years, with quick water from the exterior prior to entry being relabeled and in many places passed off as a new tactic, a significant resurgence in the use of the beloved smooth bore nozzle, and an overall “back to basics” approach being taken in much of the hands-on training throughout the nation. (read more)

Wood Plays a Critical Role in Transforming Communities

As the global population continues to rise, so does the need for sustainable housing in sprawling urban areas. Prefabricated wood structures are becoming more common, resulting in safer job sites and shorter construction times. Mass timber buildings, in particular, are roughly 25 percent faster to construct than similar concrete buildings and enable 90 percent less construction traffic. Communities benefit from quicker time-to-market and limited noise and traffic congestion. (read more)

Timber frame construction: An evidence-led choice that is growing rapidly in popularity

Recent research has unearthed new building techniques that could even make timber suitable for high rise developments. Other studies have also highlighted timber’s physiological benefits to humans – this article explores this truly exciting and, surprisingly-to-some, high-tech construction material – and why further research is crucial. (read more)

Downtown’s new McDonald’s shows off its cross-laminated timber design

A far cry from the kitschy memorabilia of the Rock ’n’ Roll-themed building it replaces, the essentially all-new design of River North’s flagship McDonalds at 600 N. Clark Street is finally starting to come together. At its heart is an innovative construction material known as Cross Laminated Timber. In line with the fast food brand’s plan to reinvent its image, the sustainable building method is being employed for the first time in a commercial project in Chicago. (read more)