Designing large buildings with wood offers distinct design options typically not found in other structural materials, along with advantages in economics, energy efficiency, and other sustainability factors. However, building codes and standards are often perceived as too complex for designers and builders, so many provisions that allow for wood use in construction are seldom realized.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced a new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pilot alternative compliance path (ACP) it says will “get rid of irresponsibly sourced building materials, such as wood.”
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Pavilion transcends physical bounds to teach students sustainability through materials, advanced systems, and programmatic features. Showcasing unique passive technologies, its katabatic cooling tower and its Trombe parapet wall are a dynamic duo making this green structure truly innovative.
The American Wood Council (AWC) has revised Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) 1: Flame Spread Performance of Wood Products Used for Interior Finish. The revisions incorporate new testing in accordance with ASTM E84, Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials.