It’s All About Mass Timber! April FPMU Update is out!

fpmuupdateThe latest Update from the Forest Products Laboratory’s Forest Products Marketing Unit (FPMU) is out!

The April 2016 Update sums up the successful Mass Timber Conference held in Portland, Oregon, last month and offers some highlights from the event. It also includes exciting news about the grand opening of the first all-cross laminated timber hotel in the U.S., as well as a calendar of upcoming classes, events, and workshops.

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High-Rise Wood Buildings: Interactive Map Shows Construction Around the World

It’s safe to say we have a thing for tall wood buildings here at the Forest Products Laboratory.

Dalston Lane is a 121-home development set to open in London this summer.

Dalston Lane is a 121-home development set to open in London this summer.

Case in point: We study what happens to their moisture content during construction, look at how they perform in earthquakes, test fire retardant treatments for their components, host workshops about them and post the presentations for all the world to see, and even sponsor large events, like the Mass Timber Conference happening in Portland, Oregon, this week!

With all that in mind, you can imagine our excitement when published an interactive map (swoon!) of all the wooden high-rises in the world, some completed, others under construction or in concept. Scroll through the list or click a number on the map to read about the buildings’ features, see photos and drawings, and find out more via website links.

Even if you’re not quite as obsessed with wood as we are, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this cyber-trip around the world to see some truly stunning architecture.

Mass Timber Research Workshop Presentations Available Online!

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) recently hosted the inaugural Mass Timber Research Workshop in cooperation with Woodworks – Wood Products Council. During the two-day event, more than 120 national and international attendees, including 26 presenters, gathered to learn about cross laminated timber (CLT) and how its design and use can further green building efforts while also aiding in forest restoration activities.

CLT concept and use in a nine-story mid-rise building in London.

CLT concept and use in a nine-story mid-rise building in London.

If you weren’t able to attend the workshop, never fear! The presentations are now available for viewing on FPL’s website. A broad range of topics related to CLT were covered, from fire safe design to seismic performance to timber-concrete composites.

Dig in and learn about this new era of wood construction. If you’re interested in learning even more, sign up to register for the upcoming Mass Timber Conference being held in Portland, Oregon, in March 2016.

Tall Wood Buildings on the Rise

Dezeen, an online magazine & showcase of architecture, design and interior projects from around the world, recently ran an article touting wood as the “architectural wonder material of the 21st Century.”

The Finlandia Prize-winning Puukuokka apartment building was built with prefabricated modules of CLT.

The article, titled ‘Architects embrace “the beginning of the timber age,“‘ features a stunning gallery of images of some of the most remarkable wood structures ever built, and architects weigh in on the benefits of mass timber products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), that allow for design and construction of ever taller wood buildings.

CLTs have been studied here at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) from many angles, including fire performance, possibilities for use in earthquake-prone regions, and the effects of moisture on CLTs.

FPL researchers also played a role in the development of the U.S. CLT Handbook, which provides technical information for the design, construction, and implementation of CLT systems and illustrates CLT applications adapted to current codes and standards.