The challenge is indisputable: The building sector accounts for more than 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, a staggering statistic by itself, but even more significant when factoring in the estimated 2.5 trillion square feet of new building stock that will be built in the next 30 years — adding the equivalent of Paris to the planet every single week.
As we look for ways to reduce these impacts, we’re embracing new methods of using existing materials — especially those that are renewable like mass timber. Use of this inexpensive, renewable resource in construction offers substantial benefits: it sequesters carbon, offers the ability to harvest forests in a way that promotes forest health, and can help to rebuild timber and wood product manufacturing industries and revitalize small communities. It’s also resilient, cost-effective, as strong as steel and concrete, and satisfies our need for biophilic connections.
Explore why the use of mass timber is on the rise — and how with the passage of a number of tall mass timber code changes by the International Code Council (including some already adopted by the British Columbia Building Code), the increasing interest in and applications for mass timber construction for commercial markets is destined to grow even further.
University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation
Inspired by the composition of a tree, core elements are placed at the center and growth areas are situated on the perimeter. The structural approach is a hybrid of two mass timber approaches: slab and bearing wall and post, beam and slab.