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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.

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)

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)