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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.

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)

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)