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. With rising demand for new urban buildings, and increased interest in sustainable and efficient construction, the potential for tall wood buildings is expected to grow.
Building taller with wood is not only gaining traction as a viable building method, it has also been shown to be cost effective, contribute to well-being, and reduce carbon emissions. While code is still evolving, the pool of testing data on mass timber—particularly in regard to fire resistance—is also continuing to grow. Ongoing public, jurisdictional, and industry education is needed to change the perception of mass timber construction and to demonstrate the safe effective role it can play as a primary structural material in taller buildings. As these sectors become more knowledgeable, the momentum started by innovative buildings such as Brock Commons in Vancouver and T3 in Minneapolis can continue to grow, providing benefits to the industry, public, and the environment.
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