The Pacific Northwest is the site for a renaissance in heavy timber construction that is now beginning to spread across the country. Wood, instead of steel, is being used to construct modern, multistory, and creative office buildings.
Mass timber—specifically cross-laminated timber (CLT)—continues to spread across the nation as an alternative to traditional concrete and steel construction. CLT panels are described as large-scale, predesigned, and highly engineered for precise tolerances.
Five fire tests conducted by the International Code Council (ICC) Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Fire Research Laboratory have met with positive results.
A multi-use, multi-level building currently under construction in Whitefish, Montana, will feature an elevator shaft manufactured from cross-laminated timber (CLT) rather than the traditional choice of concrete masonry units (CMUs).
To help translate what the latest changes to building codes mean for opportunities in wood construction, the American Wood Council (AWC) recently introduced four new standards which are adopted by reference in compliance with the 2015 International Building Code (IBC).