An industrial warehouse development in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, designed by USAA Real Estate and Seefried Industrial Partners, will be one of the first to use sustainable building materials to reduce the carbon impact of its construction by more than 45 percent.
The nearly completed building has been constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), replacing the concrete tilt-wall panels of a typical industrial warehouse. By relying on this precision-designed wood product rather than steel and concrete, the carbon-intensive construction process is mitigated by almost half. The CLT materials, which remain exposed on the interior, are supplemented with a concrete system designed to rely upon reduced cement, while still maintaining its durability and strength.
“Being part of a groundbreaking project focused strictly on using sustainably harvested timber and eco-friendly materials is monumental in our market, with promising room for future growth,” said Jonathan Stites, senior vice-president of Seefried Properties. “We are proud to lead construction of a project which ensures structural integrity, workplace well-being, and the reduction of greenhouse gasses.”