ABCs & CLTs

ABCs & CLTs

State Legislature funded a pilot project to help by building modular K-3 classrooms from a promising new material—Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

Kjellander Sjöberg designs four cross-laminated timber blocks to enrich the Uppsala cityscape

Kjellander Sjöberg designs four cross-laminated timber blocks to enrich the Uppsala cityscape

Swedish architecture firm Kjellander Sjöberg has released images of their proposed new city block to enrich the Swedish city of Uppsala.

The future of Portland's skyline is made of wood. Yes, wood

The future of Portland’s skyline is made of wood. Yes, wood

The next cutting-edge technology to fuel our building boom just may grow on trees.

New report: wood - nature inspired design

New report: wood – nature inspired design

This report is an update and extension of the Wood – Housing, Health, Humanity released by Planet Ark to coincide with World Wood Day 2015.

It’s no whim: why wood really is better for building

It’s no whim: why wood really is better for building

Nature-connected design is the key to making offices less stressful, hospital stays shorter and children better learners, according to a new report released by Planet Ark.

The surprising health benefits of timber 

The surprising health benefits of timber 

Believe it or not that timber table is doing more good than you realise.

High-rise wood-framed buildings are a rarity in the United States, but that may change with the help of a bipartisan bill that calls for accelerating research and development of tall wood buildings.

Daines, Tester introduce Timber Innovation Act

High-rise wood-framed buildings are a rarity in the United States, but that may change with the help of a bipartisan bill that calls for accelerating research and development of tall wood buildings.

TallWood Design Institute established at Oregon State University 

TallWood Design Institute established at Oregon State University 

The National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design at Oregon State University has been renamed as the TallWood Design Institute.

Province backs higher wooden homes 

Province backs higher wooden homes 

The provincial government is adopting changes to the National Building Code which include increasing the maximum height of wooden residential buildings from four to six storeys.

Huber Engineered Woods settles patent suit with G-P Wood

Huber Engineered Woods settles patent suit with G-P Wood

Specialty building products manufacturer Huber Engineered Woods LLC says it negotiated a settlement with Georgia Pacific Wood Products in the patent infringement lawsuit it filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

NZ at forefront of timber renaissance for commercial buildings

NZ at forefront of timber renaissance for commercial buildings

Daryl Patterson is a good humoured evangelist when it comes to timber construction – not just framing in houses but for high rises and commercial buildings.

Formology solid wood panels use cross laminate engineering

Formology solid wood panels use cross laminate engineering

Formology introduced CrossCORE architectural panels, made with solid oak, walnut, ash, Douglas fir and pine solid wood in an FSC-certified plant.

Local NZ firms at forefront of timber construction resurgence

Local NZ firms at forefront of timber construction resurgence

Laminated timber is now being used in the construction of high rises.

Wood: the perfect choice for school construction

Wood: the perfect choice for school construction

Many of the people I know have heard that I spent a week in the United Kingdom last fall on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what has made that country so successful in mainstreaming mass timber construction projects.

Vancouver architect Michael Green spurs global movement for tall wood buildings

Vancouver architect Michael Green spurs global movement for tall wood buildings

While the idea is being embraced in Paris, New York, and Chicago, it’s been slow to catch on in the city that Green calls home.

LEVER Architecture is bringing mass timber construction into the mainstream

LEVER Architecture is bringing mass timber construction into the mainstream

Architect Thomas Robinson kick-started his career with Joseph Esherick, the architect best known for designing the Hedgerow Houses at Sea Ranch, California, followed by stints leading institutional and cultural projects at Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland and Allied Works in Oregon.

Are wood-frame high rises a fire risk?

Are wood-frame high rises a fire risk?

In May 2016, Australia became the latest country to change its building codes to allow the construction of timber-framed structures up to eight stories.

A promising industry

A promising industry

In Portland, which landed the 2017 Mass Timber Conference later this month, work is underway on the tallest building in the country using cross-laminated timber, another planned building was co-winner of the national Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, and several smaller buildings have been completed.

Engineered lumber has replaced natural lumber in most key building components

Engineered lumber has replaced natural lumber in most key building components

Building a house, garage or even a shed today isn’t as easy as going to the local lumberyard and buying whatever dimension of wood you need.

Green cities: timber is the disruption this industry needs

Green cities: timber is the disruption this industry needs

When you get timber design right, working with different professions, it’s like beautiful music – says UK architect Andrew Waugh.