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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.

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)

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)