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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.

XLam expands as Kiwis are urged to think timber

XLam, Australasia’s largest manufacturer of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), has announced a wave of investments in the production of this technologically advanced product. The company opened a $30 million Australian manufacturing plant earlier this year and has additionally announced an investment of approximately $5 million for upgrades to its Nelson facility. (read more)

Silicon Valley tech giant acquires Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture

Katerra, a high-tech construction firm has acquired architectural firm, Michael Green Architecture (MGA). Some of MGA’s wood productions include: the Ronald McDonald House at BC Children’s Hospital, The Dock Building at Jericho Beach, North Vancouver City Hall and Rennie Gallery. (read more)

Oregon senators push for Timber Innovation Act

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, have signed their names to a letter urging the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to include the Timber Innovation Act, which would streamline and incentivize the development of mass timber products, in the upcoming farm bill. The bill reportedly has bipartisan support, including from Republicans in Idaho, Montana and Mississippi (read more)

Impact Investment Seeks Co-Investors in World’s Largest Timber Office Building

Impact Investment Group (IIG) announced its plans to build the world’s tallest timber constructed building in the world. IIG will contract Lendlease for the construction of the building. The building, named 25 King, will be made of innovative and sustainable materials like: glue laminated timber structural beams and columns and cross laminated timber (CLT) floors.  (read more)

UBC’s Wesbrook Village home to first mass timber condominiums in North America

The University of British Columbia (UBC) announced that it would design the first market condominium constructed out of cross-laminated timber in North America. The building remains in compliance with Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) standards. In 2017, UBC completed its construction of the world’s tallest mass timber building, which stood 18 stories. (read more)

Cross-laminated timber passes its first real-world blast test

At Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, the WoodWorks Wood Products Council and the U.S. Army conducted live blast tests on cross-laminated timber structures. After exposing the structures to 32 pounds, 67 pounds, and 199 pounds of TNT (with 610 pounds used for the last test), KCI concluded that for blast exposure, CLT was equivalent to the standard steel-studded wall.  (read more)

U of T announces 14-storey wood tower

The University of Toronto has announced plans to build a 14-storey academic tower made of timber. The tower will be built above the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and will house a number of academic units, including Rotman executive programs, the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Master in Mathematical Finance program and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, said a U of T statement.  (read more)

Video: WoodWorks blast testing shows mass timber strength

Following a promising previous round of testing, WoodWorks–Wood Products Council, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab (FPL) and Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), conducted a second series of blast tests on three existing two-story, single-bay cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The council reported positive observations from the blast site, with all structures remaining intact under significant explosive loading. (read more)

Provencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For Toronto

As their entry in a competition for The Arbour, a new academic building for the campus of George Brown College on Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, Montreal-based firm Provencher_Roy have revealed their design for an adaptable mass timber building that could grow and change in time. Using a staggered truss structural system that divides the building into modular cells measuring 8.4 meters tall, 17.4 meters wide and 40 meters long, the firm explains that the stacked program elements can be reorganized as necessary, with classrooms and double-height auditorium spaces able to be converted to basketball courts or column-free open offices by adjusting the cross-laminated timber flooring, which can be adjusted without compromising the rest of the structure.   (read more)

Brown’s revised budget boosts ‘climate smart’ ag

Gov. Jerry Brown's $137.6 billion revised budget proposal for fiscal 2018-19 seeks to boost "climate smart" agriculture, including $60 million in one-time grant funding to help growers replace old diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and put in more resource-efficient systems. (read more)