Mass timber structures are entering the discussion for many projects in North America, and increasingly for taller buildings. This is, in part, due to recent code changes allowing for combustible construction in taller structures. However, interest in the industry is driven by a larger trend—the need for fast action to mitigate climate change.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)’s design for San Mateo County’s headquarters, which is currently under construction in the Silicon Valley, features a hybrid mass timber building, to achieve an 85 percent reduction in embodied carbon—which is greater than the 65 to 75 percent reduction generally offered by typical mass timber structures.
A team of design researchers and building industry partners are building a house through a hybridized construction of concrete walls combined with wood framing, aiming for the increased adoption of such construction in the multifamily housing and mixed-use sectors in the U.S., where framing is the one of the most common construction techniques.
Quincy, Washington’s newly rebuilt Woodinville Whiskey facility warehouses marry contemporary technology with traditional rustic style, using sustainably sourced softwoods which underwent a process to gain sturdy, hardwood-like properties.
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