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The Case for Tall Wood Buildings

How Mass Timber Offers a Safe, Economical, and Environmentally Friendly Alternative for Tall Building Structures

We are in a unique moment in architectural and building engineering history when shifting world needs has asked us to question some of the fundamentals of how we have built for the last century and how we will build in the next.

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings, debuting at the Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards, is a more than 200-page document that aims to encourage architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking about wood construction.

It was commissioned by the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) on behalf of the Wood Enterprise Coalition (a partnership of Wood WORKS! BC, FPInnovations, and BC Wood Specialties), with support from Forestry Innovation Investment, and prepared by mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, Equilibrium Consulting, LMDG Ltd, and BTY Group. The report represents the views of the many interviewed developers/marketing groups/contractors/fire chiefs/ building authorities, and introduces a new construction model for tall buildings which utilizes mass timber panels — the concept is referred to as “Finding the Forest Through the Trees” (FFTT).

Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

“We selected the name to acknowledge the scale of the challenge facing the world today,” explains Michael Green, Principal at Michael Green Architecture, formerly Principal at mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN and coauthor of the report. “To slow and contain greenhouse gas emissions and find truly sustainable solutions to building, we must look at the fundamentals of the way we build — from the bones of large urban building structures to the details of energy performance. We need to search for the big picture solutions of today’s vast climate, environmental, economic and world housing needs.”

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings is driven by the desire to find safe, carbon-neutral and sustainable alternatives to the current structural materials used in urban society.

The Canadian Wood Council CWC is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction – enabling the selling of Canadian wood products through programs and services focused on creating market access and demand. Wood WORKS! BC is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.

SOURCE  Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC

Download the report here