Timber Cities – High-Rise Wood Construction Poised to Grow Thanks to New Codes

Wood is an attractive building material as it is a light, renewable material. Its use not only lowers carbon emissions from the building sector but also provides long-term carbon storage—turning buildings into carbon sinks. Wood’s use as a green building material has been somewhat limited in cities, as historically, wood has been used to build homes and smaller buildings, referred to as stick frame construction.  However, this is poised to change due to a booming domestic wood construction sector, and recently proposed changes to the International Building Code that will allow construction of ‘tall wood’ buildings.

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1. Trump Issues Executive Order on Forest Management
2. Biofuel Hardship Waiver Petitions to EPA Rise to 22 as of Mid-Dec 
3. Corn Ethanol Production Has Minimal Effect on Cropland Use, Study Shows
4. Facing Soil Crisis, US Farmers Look Beyond Corn and Soybeans
5. Transportation Accounts for the Most Energy Use Worldwide—and the U.S. Still Has an Addiction to Cars.


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