New Study Promotes Tall Wood Buildings

Originally published by: Environmental Design & ConstructionMarch 7, 2012

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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.

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings 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).

 “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.

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