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Carbon12 is an eighty-five foot tall, eight-story, timber-framed residential project under construction at N. Williams and Fremont in Portland, Oregon.
It will use pre-fabricated CLT and glulam panels. According to PATH Architecture, these mass timber systems were chosen because they are stronger than steel, lighter than concrete, and faster to assemble than other structural systems.
Aside from construction speed, wood was chosen for its positive environmental impact. Trees consume carbon dioxide, which gets stored in their wood. This carbon is released when a tree dies and decomposes or is burned, but when harvested for lumber and used for building, the carbon remains locked in the wood.
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