Building a Case for Building with Wood

Brittany Patterson, an E&E (energy and environment) reporter for ClimateWire, recently visited the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to learn all she could about cross-laminated timber (CLT) and building tall with wood.

The University of British Columbia's Earth Sciences Building in Vancouver is made of wood.  (Photo courtesy of FTP Edelman.)

The University of British Columbia’s Earth Sciences Building in Vancouver is made of wood. (Photo courtesy of FTP Edelman.)

After a day at the Lab and talks and visits with others working with CLT, Brittany amassed enough information to author a comprehensive article on the current state, and future promise, of building mid- to high-rise buildings with wood in the United States.

The article, titled Saving America’s Forests One Wooden High-Rise at a Time, touches on many of the important issues that make CLT attractive to FPL and the U.S. Forest service: forest restoration, carbon sequestration, and bolstering rural forest-based economies.

It also summarizes much of the research that FPL and others are doing to bring wood into building codes and standards that would greatly expand it’s use.

Many thanks to Brittany for visiting the Lab, and for helping educate the public about theĀ  benefits of wood construction!