Real Estate Journal — ODM — Architects & Engineers — July 27 - August 9, 2018 — 7B


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Think Wood Wood plays a critical role in transforming communities

ment of our communities, making the places we live safer, health- ier, livable a n d m o r e resilient. In suppo r t o f th i s year ’ s W

ood buildings play a critical role in the design and develop-

common building materials. By some estimates, the near- term use of emerging wood technologies like mass timber could have the same emissions control effect as taking two mil- lion cars off the road for a year. • Resilience: The Interna- tional Building Code (IBC) includes countless provisions and guidelines for designing re- silient wood structures. These standards along with wood’s inherent resilient qualities improve building performance to better withstand earth- quakes and hurricanes, the effects of climate change, even

deliberate attacks. Resilience is key because there is nothing sustainable about having to rebuild structures before the end of their anticipated service lives and all the resources that entails. • Design and Health: The use of wood as a structural or finish material can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of occupants. Effects include improved in- door air quality, acoustics, physical health, and a positive human response to wood that has always been intuitive but is increasingly being proven by

research and experience. Architects across America are increasingly incorporating wood in their designs for its promising potential to trans- form the way we build cities, while at the same time offering a safe and responsible alter- native to traditional building materials. T3 West Midtown in Atlanta is a showcase example of a modern wood building being replicated in a second market following the success of the first T3 building in Min- neapolis. “T3 was designed in re- sponse to growing cultural

demand for authenticity, sus- tainability and connectiv- ity,” said Steve Cavanaugh, DLR Group design leader and principal. “The building reflects how contemporary tenants are thinking about de- sign through a sustainability lens—so building materials matter.” Fire Station 76 in Oregon is another wood building helping to make safer communities. Complying with code, even Oregon’s rigorous Structural Specialty Code for Essential Facilities, the wood design continued on page 18B

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AIA theme, Blueprint for Bet- ter Cities, Think Wood will attend the AIA Conference on Architecture to share research and resources on the benefits of wood and how it offers better solutions for the communities where we work, live and play. With mounting pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, smart designers are finding ways to build more responsibly while still meeting operational and structural needs: • Diversity, equity, and in- clusion: As the global popula- tion continues to rise, so does the need for sustainable hous- ing in sprawling urban areas. Prefabricated wood structures are becoming more common, resulting in safer job sites and shorter construction times. Mass timber buildings, in par- ticular, are roughly 25 percent faster to construct than similar concrete buildings and enable 90 percent less construction traffic. Communities benefit from quicker time-to-market and limited noise and traffic congestion. •Materials: Wood is the orig- inal high-performance building material—the only building material that is 100 percent natural and renewable. Wood products from sustainably managed forests are a respon- sible choice and require less energy to manufacture than other major building materials. Wood offers a combination of natural structural properties and aesthetics, suiting it for a range of applications in the built environment. • Energy and Carbon: The negative impact of building materials from extraction or harvesting through manufac- turing, transportation and construction is the driving force behind many initiatives to im- prove tomorrow’s structures. Wood structures require less embodied energy, are respon- sible for lower air and water pollution, and have a lighter carbon footprint than other

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