mass timber in the news

Rhythmic Timber Structure Punctuates the Vast Northern Italian Landscape
designboom • October 3, 2019

“The Congress and Exhibition Center by studio bressan and studio botter is designed with a structure characterized by a repeated pitched roof which generates a recognizable icon across the landscape from north to south. With inspiration from the typical structures throughout the region the team expresses such exaggerated elements as wooden framing and cross bracing. The supporting structure is fabricated in timber with respect for both the environment and the alpine building tradition.”


Let’s Fill Our Cities With Taller, Wooden Buildings
The New York Times • October 3, 2019

“One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect forests from development, improve forest management and use sustainably harvested wood to build tall buildings. This will allow us to pump carbon from the atmosphere and store it both in forests and in cities. It will also support rural economies, improve wildlife habitat and create more affordable housing. This opportunity arises from cross-laminated timber, or CLT.”


Pool Leber Architekten swaps concrete for wood to create R11 loft extension
Dezeen • September 27, 2019

“"The flowing character that distinguishes the whole design is also featured in the choice of materials, which provide a gentle colour gradation in a natural palette from the light brown of wood to the greys of the steel and concrete," said the architects.”


From wood towers to more efficient mining: How U of T is driving innovation, economic prosperity across Ontario
U of T News September 18, 2019

"The growing interest in mass timber among architects, engineers and designers is creating a heightened need for research, something U of T is well equipped to supply," said Dr. Anne Koven Director Mass Timber Institute.”


Investing in People and Businesses in Northern Ontario
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities September 06, 2019

"Our government is committed to opening up the forestry sector to jobs and this funding will help the industry find the skilled workforce it needs to grow," said Minister Yakabuski.


YORKE: Use timber in large-scale building projects
Toronto Sun September 02, 2019

“In my decades of experience in carpentry, I’ve seen a lot of new opportunities for our economy and our future, but none in my view have had the same potential as mass timber. It’s time for Toronto and Canada to seize that potential and show the world the impact it can have.” said [Mike] Yorke.


Kelowna sold on tall wood buildings
The Kelowna Daily Courier August 26, 2019

“Councillors directed city staff Tuesday to submit an expression of interest to the province for an initiative to build taller mass-timber buildings… “This was a really exciting report for me to see come forward,” said [Councillor Gail] Given, adding she hopes to see developers come forward with proposals.”


Feds commit $2M to Toronto and Region Conservation Authority timber office building construction
Canadian Consulting Engineer August 12, 2019

By helping TRCA build with wood, the Government of Canada is investing in sustainability, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping TRCA set a high benchmark for the construction of new commercial buildings”


Timber skyscrapers: high-tech ‘tree’ houses could be the sustainable buildings of the future
World Economic Forum
July 19, 2019

“The sustainable forests of Europe take just 7 seconds to grow the volume of timber required for a 3 bedroom apartment, and 4 hours to grow a 300 metre supertall skyscraper. Canada’s sustainable forests alone yield enough timber to house a billion people in perpetuity, with forested trees replenishing faster than their eventual occupants.”


Northern Ontario will benefit from Sidewalk Lab's Toronto plan
Toronto Sun • July 24, 2019

“…this project has the potential to impact not only Toronto, but also the communities in northern Ontario that make up the backbone of the province’s $15-billion forestry sector.


Ontario Investing Almost $5 Million in Mass Timber Innovation
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry • July 23, 2019

"Our government is working hard to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs by creating an environment where job creators can grow, invest and thrive," said Minister Yakabuski.


Canadian cities take wooden skyscrapers to new heights
The Guardian • July 22, 2019

British Columbia has doubled height limits allowed for timber towers – and countries around the world are following suit


Wood Spotlight: Timber for Two
Journal of Commerce • July 5, 2019

“The mid-rise, not the attention seeking wood skyscraper will ultimately transform the way we see wood-frame and mass-timber construction.” said [Robert] Malczyk.


As mass timber takes off, how green is this new building material?
Greenbiz • May 21, 2019

“Say the typical steel and concrete building has an emissions profile of 2,000 metric tons of CO2 … [w]ith mass timber you can easily invert so you are sequestering 2,000 tons of CO2. Instead of adding to climate change you are mitigating climate change. That’s the goal.”


Delta proposes mass timber skyscraper in B.C.
Journal of Commerce • May 7, 2019

“There is a lot more the building industry can do to address climate change,” said [Kirk] Robinson. “Instead of just continuing down a path of incremental improvement, we can be bolder in terms of what we set out to achieve.”


Up to 40 floors: World's tallest wood tower proposed for Vancouver
Daily Hive • April 25, 2019

“If this mass timber tower is built as originally envisioned, the tallest of its kind in the world, it could set an extraordinary precedent and benchmark for not only green building construction”


CCAT mass timber course prepares carpenters for emerging building trend
Daily Commercial News, March 28, 2019

“Cristina Selva, executive director of the [College of Carpenters Allied Trades], says Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approached the college two years ago to develop the course ‘because nothing of this nature existed across Canada’.”


Three wishes for the North: number one
Northern Ontario Business, February 4, 2019

“We need something to increase value-added manufacturing from the forestry sector across the whole North [Ontario]. The increase in tax revenue would make it attractive for the province.”


Code changes create jobs, opportunities in B.C. forest communities
Office of the Premier, Government of B.C., March 13, 2019

“Eligible local governments throughout B.C. are invited to become early adopters of mass-timber technology for construction of buildings up to 12 storeys, up from the current allowance of six storeys.”


Eight-storey timber build slated for Toronto’s Junction
Daily Commercial News, February 20, 2019

“The development is considered a prototype for a mid-rise office building of between six and 10 storeys, using a hybrid mass-timber structure.”


Canada stands tall in wood-based high-rise construction
Global News
, February 18, 2019

“It’s very exciting because to the consumer it means better buildings, more sustainable buildings and more affordable buildings, which are essential things for our world today”


North America’s tallest timber tower wins city support in Milwaukee
The Architects Newspaper, January 29, 2019

“According to partner and project architect Jason Korb, Ascent’s prefabricated timber components means that the top 16 floors can be installed in only four months."


Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go green
Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2019

"Wood offers the benefit of being made of captured carbon and of reducing the need for concrete, which the International Energy Agency estimates is responsible for seven per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions."


Four Dividend-Paying Timber Companies That Could Help In Fight Against Climate Change
Barchart, January 15, 2019

”Producing a laminated wood beam requires one-sixth of the energy of making a steel one of equal strength, according to a report in The Economist. Wooden beams and panels are more easily recycled or re-purposed than steel ones.”


Course looks to train the next generation of mass timber builders
Daily Commercial News, December 19, 2018

"As architects and engineers get up to speed on designing buildings in the fledgling mass timber industry in Ontario, many contractors remain on the sidelines hesitant about the new building type they are hearing more about."


Can Cross-Laminated Timber save the world?
TreeHugger, December 18, 2018

”The more we build using CLT, the more carbon we can store and we create a market for timber that will drive re-forestation."


Washington first to allow tall wood buildings
The Construction Specifier, December 7, 2018

“Earlier this fall, the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) approved code changes that will allow for the structural use of mass timber in buildings as tall as 18 stories.“


Mass Timber Institute Officially Launched
The Working Forest, December 3, 2018

“The Mass Timber Institute officially launched on October 30, 2018 with an industry leaders’ collaboration event hosted by Perkins+Will, with industry leaders from education & industry participating to help propel the mass timber industry forward.“


Architects urge government to consider environmental cost of timber building restrictions
Dezeen, December 3, 2018

"Mass timber is slow-burning, self-charring – even self-extinguishing, structurally predictable, and does not produce deadly toxic fumes in a fire"


Sidewalk Labs reveals site plan for smart neighborhood in Toronto
Engadget, November 29, 2018

“Sidewalk Labs’ smart neighborhood in Toronto is edging closer to becoming a reality ... proposing that Quayside should be focused around 12 mass timber buildings, with a maximum height of 30 stories.“


Mass timber's striking case for sustainability
Construction Dive, October 26, 2018

“Among mass timber’s top sustainable attributes is its low carbon footprint. The Mass Timber Code Coalition estimates that if mass timber replaced steel on a global scale, it would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20%.”


Oregon becomes first state to legalize mass timber high rises
The Architects Newspaper, August 14, 2018

"Thanks to a recent addendum to Oregon’s building code, the state is the first in the country to allow timber buildings to rise higher than six stories without special consideration."