Other benefits include greater thermal efficiency, elimination of waste, and a safer work site, along with wood’s biophilic and climate advantages.
340+ Dixwell’s cost comparison of mass timber vs. light-frame demonstrates the value that a combined mass timber and light-frame solution can provide. For an equivalent structure, light-frame is considerably less expensive than mass timber, coming in at about $24/square foot versus $40/square foot for materials—a savings of approximately $16/square foot. But using mass timber allows for savings elsewhere in the process, including reduced construction timeline, reduced construction loan interest, and faster access to rental revenue. Taking this holistic project viewpoint into account, the premium for using mass timber is actually expected to be about $9.42, or 5.12%, per square foot, rather than $16.
Of the project’s 69 apartments, 80% will be reserved for those earning up to 60% of the area median income (AMI) and 20% of those affordable units will be supportive housing. The remaining 20% will be market-rate.