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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 project explores design potential of mass timber

A project developed through a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) class has come up with an energy efficient design for a large wood building. For this structure, called “the Longhouse,” massive timbers made of conventional lumber would be laminated together like a kind of supersized plywood. The design will be presented in October at the Maine Mass Timber Conference at the University of Maine’s Wells Conference Center. (read more)

McDonald's new flagship store is made of cross-laminated timber

McDonald's recently opened its redesigned flagship store in Chicago and it's dominated by wood and cross-laminated timber (CLT). The new building, which opened August 9 on the site of the former Rock N Roll McDonald's in Chicago's River North District, is a steel and timber structure designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects. The LEED-certified building has many sustainable elements - including CLT. (read more)

Alphabet’s ‘Digital City’ Eyes World’s Biggest Timber Project

Larry Page’s ‘city of the future’ on Toronto’s waterfront may end up having one foot rooted firmly in the past. Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Alphabet Inc., is considering constructing buildings in the 4.9-hectare (12-acre) high-tech community entirely with tall-timber technology -- engineered wood products that proponents say are as strong and fire-resistant as those made from steel or concrete. (read more)

Oregon becomes first state to legalize mass timber high rises

Portland has become something of a hotbed for timber innovation as of late. Carbon12, PATH Architecture’s eight-story glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT) tower with a steel core, recently became the country’s tallest timber building and was set to be surpassed by LEVER Architecture’s 12-story Framework. Alas, that project was put on hold due to mounting financial difficulties last month, but it seems the precedent that the project achieved in securing a building permit from the State of Oregon and City of Portland will live on. (read more)

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)