There is considerable fervor on the use of mass timber in tall buildings. Much has been written and investigated about this methodology, but its application in the tall building arena is relatively unclear.
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.
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.