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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.

Timberman's $7.5M gift to help build UA wood design center

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville plans to build a wood design center with the help of $7.5 million from the chairman of an Arkansas timber company and his wife. The gift from John Ed and Isabel Anthony supports creation of the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation, UA announced Thursday, with the total project estimated to cost $15 million. (read more)

UMass multi-level building showcases cutting edge timber construction

A strong aroma of fresh wood greets visitors to the John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, wafting from large wooden posts and massive beams that support four floors of classrooms and a rooftop garden. Except for a few steel beams, the 87,000-square foot building, which was completed last year for $52 million, is constructed almost entirely from wooden boards that are glued together with moisture-resistant adhesives called glulam, or glued laminated timber. (read more)

Timber future looking up

Mass timber is about engineering load-bearing structures of wood and using those to build big, such as Framework, the 12-story high rise going up in Portland this fall. Nearly all of the building is wood in one form or another, including cross-laminated timber, or CLT, which comes in panels the size of walls. The material is catching on in urban construction, but the U.S. lags behind its use in Canada, the United Kingdom and some other parts of Europe. (read more)

Esquimalt’s first modular mass-timber building beginning to put roots down

Introduced as Corvette Landing, the structure will be built with pre-manufactured modular units made from engineered timber wood products. Utilizing the offsite construction method, the units will be manufactured in the Lower Mainland with full electrical and mechanical components built in and shipped to the construction site for assembly, creating approximately 108,000-square-feet of residential and outdoor/green living space. (read more)

Timber buildings taking shape as construction sector expands

Lendlease is to construct a new timber office tower at Barangaroo South as demand for the environmentally-friendly properties gains traction. The building will be known as Daramu House, which means “tree house” in the aboriginal Sydney Language, also known as Dharug and Eora. Daramu House will be Lendlease’s sixth engineered timber building in Australia, and the third to have come out of the company’s precision timber manufacturing centre in Eastern Creek, Western Sydney. (read more)

Upcoming Multifamily Project in British Columbia Combines Passive House and Mass Timber

In British Columbia’s capital regional district, where housing prices are among the least affordable in all of Canada, the municipality of Esquimalt has given the go-ahead to a development that will offer community-oriented, Passive House–certified, market-rate condominium housing at prices middle income households can contemplate. To achieve its affordability, sustainability, and liveability trifecta—garnering an associated height and density bonus from the municipality—the 83-unit, twelve-story development will combine prefabrication with mass-timber construction, topping out as one of the tallest wood buildings in North America. (read more)

New law sets foundation for taller wood buildings

Senate Bill 5450, signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year, goes into effect today, June 7, enabling builders to use certain new timber products to construct bigger buildings than had been permitted previously. The bill specifically directs the State Building Code Council to adopt rules for the use of cross-laminated timber for residential and commercial building construction, making it possible for the material to be used more widely in construction projects throughout the state. (read more)

VIDEO: New Cottonwood Market location almost ready

The stage at Cottonwood Park is intended to be used for events other than the market. It will be made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, a type of manufactured wood that provides structural integrity without the use of posts and beams, and uses wood exclusively from sustainably managed forests. The new market plaza beside Cottonwood Park will be ready by mid-summer. The stage, however, might not be finished, depending on the success of grant applications made by the city. (read more)

New Cross-laminated Timber guide published

Lucideon has released a new testing guide for manufacturers of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in offsite buildings. CLT is an engineered timber product made from bonding layers of sawn timbers together. This provides a sustainable and tough panel which is ideal for use in offsite construction and is becoming more popular as a building material for the whole construction industry. The treated engineered wood can be used in walls, floors and roofs to construct the full building envelope. (read more)

Future of the home

Imagine your new house arrives on site and is erected in a matter of days. And it's so well designed and insulated, it never needs heating or cooling. Imagine not needing to shop for groceries, either, because your fridge and pantry do that for you. Architect, Chris Moller says houses will also be more earthquake resilient and built from lighter materials, with engineered timbers, such as laminated veneer lumber and cross-laminated timber featuring much more prominently. These materials use a lot less carbon over their life cycle than steel and concrete. (read more)