The Power of Wood: The Future Is Mass Timber

September 20, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 207B Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Regulations and Zoning Sustainable Development
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Imagine a world where our buildings are healing the environment while providing beautiful design solutions. According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, our planet’s population will rise by more than a quarter and nearly 70 percent will live in urban settings. Our cities are growing, but so is our environmental impact-a staggering one-third of global CO2 emissions comes from the construction and operation of buildings. With this projected surge in demand for high-rise buildings, and in light of the climate change crisis, we must consider materials that contribute to a more sustainable built environment-wood, a material that can help absorb our carbon footprint, exceed structural limitations, and project beauty and wellness, is the answer. Tall wood buildings are becoming increasingly prevalent around the world, and yet they are conspicuously missing from the U.S. skyline. Antiquated building code restrictions have put the United States behind its Canadian and European counterparts, preventing the United States from even considering the use of wood as the primary structure in a tall building. Recent initiatives from various wood manufacturers and sponsors are pushing back on these restrictions and providing the research and support needed to move engineered wood products forward. In this session, we will discuss the challenges, the future opportunities, available systems, and leading case stories that build the case for the power of wood and the future of mass timber.