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Gems of Innovation: Architect Michael Green designed the Wood Innovation Design Center

Pioneering architect Michael Green from Vancouver BC is designing skyscrapers made entirely of wood! Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) isn’t all that new as a building product. What is new, is using this incredibly strong material made from low-quality wood to construct buildings up to 30 stories tall! The provincial government had to adopt a Site Specific Regulation and amend the building code to allow it to go forward.

Pioneering architect Michael Green from Vancouver BC is designing skyscrapers made entirely of wood! Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) isn’t all that new as a building product.  What is new, is using this incredibly strong material made from low-quality wood to construct buildings up to 30 stories tall!  It’s so new in fact, that when Green helped the University of Northern British Columbia design and build the 8-story Wood Innovation Design Center, the provincial government had to adopt a Site Specific Regulation and amend the building code to allow it to go forward.  Extensive engineering analysis and physical testing was conducted to demonstrate the building would meet structural, fire and acoustic requirements for buildings that size.  Now several “tall wood” buildings (>6 stories) are being planned for Portland, OR, Spokane, WA and other cities; but only Oregon has building codes governing how they should be designed!  The Code Innovations Database will be focusing on TallWood building codes this year by publishing a case study on this project, as well as researching and documenting CLT building code precedents in Oregon and others as they emerge.  We are looking for Underwriters who’d like to support our work on this emerging innovation, contact Chris van Daalen if you are interested!  Watch their video about the project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be1LVts-yjU

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