mass timber in the news

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."