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U.S. building codes have evolved to include safe, sustainable and versatile ways of building based on the latest research and findings from around the world. Those code changes, which continue to evolve, have made taller wood construction significantly easier today and will help its continued adoption.
Research into tall wood building projects around the world has shown that owners and project teams consider the building type as a marker of market leadership and innovation.
Continued awareness among designers, architects and engineers of the potential for mass timber will see more projects opt for wood.
Wood is a competitive option for tall buildings because it allows for:
U.S. building codes have evolved to include safe, sustainable and versatile ways of building based on the latest research and findings from around the world. Those code changes, which continue to evolve, have made tall wood construction significantly easier today and will help its continued adoption. The following factors are critical to the continued uptake of tall wood construction and will define the movement in the coming years:
With rising demand for new urban buildings, a ready labor force for mass timber production and increased interest in sustainable and efficient construction, the potential for tall wood buildings is expected to only grow.
The seven-story T3 building in Minneapolis, a mass timber commercial structure, uses NLT panels and glulam beams and columns throughout, requiring no code exemptions. The end result has been widely praised for its beauty and sustainable construction. Economical to build and a draw for highly desirable tenants, including Amazon, it promises to inspire more buildings like it. Read more.
Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of new wood and mass timber technologies. FII and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council engaged Perkins + Will to look at ten international tall wood buildings, and presents some common lessons learned from the experiences of various stakeholders, including the Developer/Owner, Design Team, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and Construction Team for each project.
Fill in the form below and receive the Survey Appendices, which outline in-depth the lessons learned about the ten tall wood buildings covered in the survey:
Get the free Tall Wood summary report here that presents the results of the Survey and hear the shared experiences and learnings from global leaders in taller wood construction. Get the Addendum to the Tall Wood Survey Published in 2015
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