“A number of governments are promoting greater wood use because of its recognized environmental benefits and economic development potential. In the U.S., building codes allow wood construction up to 6-stories in some regions, but no more than four in others. However, specific tall wood building projects have recently been granted exemptions to code in several municipalities. Structures of up to 12-stories are planned for Portland, Oregon and New York City.”
In a publication entitled, “Modern Tall Wood Buildings: Opportunities for Innovation,” Minneapolis-based Dovetail Partners, Inc., discusses Cross Laminated Timber as a material choice and “explores tall-wood buildings, including developments globally, opportunities in the U.S., potential economic and environmental benefits, concerns that need to be addressed, and the future outlook for use of wood in tall structures.”
- “Renowned Canadian architect Michael Green views wood as a key to creating more sustainable cities, and his designs are reshaping the way wood is viewed within the architectural community.”
- “Seattle-based architect Joseph Mayo recognizes wood as a more sustainable choice, explaining that it is not only renewable, but also less carbon-intensive to produce than other materials like steel, aluminum and concrete.”
- “The continued evaluation, testing, and reporting on tall-wood building research is a key component to ensure the safe and responsible realization of this innovation and its full suite of potential benefits.”
Bottom line: “The extent to which tall wood buildings will be developed in the U.S. remains to be seen, but there is little doubt that wood use will increase in high-rise structures.”
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