What if I told you there was a new and exciting building material that had structural, aesthetic and environmental advantages over steel and concrete construction? Would you be interested in learning more? What if I also mentioned you could build 25% faster, have 90% less construction traffic with 75% fewer workers and substantially less noise when compared to steel and concrete construction? Would I have your attention? Final question, what if I told you this exciting new building material existed before the dinosaurs and goes by the name of wood? How cool would that be? Well, it’s all true. Mass Timber is a class of engineered wood products that compared to steel with concrete, are cheaper, easier to assemble and more fire resistant. Mass Timber construction is even carbon-friendly and sustainable. Mass timber construction techniques and materials will not only be visible in your neighborhood but in your city skyline too as skyscrapers embrace the structural properties and environmental benefits of the world’s oldest building material.  

Anatomy Of A Timber Tower

 

1) Whereas steel or concrete structures are skeletal, using columns to carry loads, CLT towers distribute weight over the entire, solid vertical panel.

 

2) Steel or concrete L-brackets fix the horizontal and vertical CLT panels together.

 

3) The horizontal spans between vertical CLT elements can be significantly longer than with steel or concrete beams.

 

4) Interior walls are usually fireproofed by applying a layer of gypsum paneling on top of the mass timber panels.

 

5) A two-inch layer of concrete typically covers two two-inch layers of insulation (separated by a three-inch void) to reduce acoustic vibration between floors.

 

6) Panels come made to order with windows cut out and sometimes piping and electrical installed. Construction is as easy as screwing the panels together.

 

7) Elevators have double walls with insulation sandwiched between them for fire safety and soundproofing.