WSU gearing up for wood

Washington State University recently announced they’re expanding– and sustainability is part of the plan. WSU’s new $45 million Paccar Environmental Technology Building will be home to five research and development centers. Students in sustainable design and construction, water quality, and atmospheric sciences will use the 96,000 square foot building for classes, labs, and studying.

WSU Interior
(Designs for workstations and study areas in WSU’s  Paccar Environmental Technology Building. Photo credit: LMN/Skanska)

It will also house testing laboratories for the Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC). A portion of the building is framed in cross-laminated timber, exposing CMEC students directly to the materials they’re studying.

Find out more about the LMN and Skanska designed building at Proud Green Building.

Global forests, sustainability, and the built environment

Trees are an essential part of a sustainable future, a future which includes more wood buildings in our world’s cities.

In “The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment,” Chris Carbone of Bensonwood argues in favor of sustainably harvest wood that can be turned in timber, eventually being used to build wood structures. He explains that people have been using wood as a building material for thousands of years and now understand wood’s structural abilities ever better. With some exceptions, he claims that we now have “…the knowledge and ability to construct most of our buildings nearly completely out of wood.”

Wood Commercial Building 5
(The Schachinger Logistics Center in Linz, Austria. Photo credit: Walter Ebenhofer)


The article goes on to say that “wood substitutes for other construction materials can save up to 31% of global CO2 emissions.” If this is the case, Carbone argues that we are morally obligated to use more wood while creating the world’s built environment.

Read the whole article at BUILDER Online and let us know your thoughts.

Cities across Canada turn to wood for condos

Canada’s condominium construction industry is embracing wood all across the country. According to the Metro Toronto, there has been a rise in the number of condominiums built out of wood– with no signs of stopping. Cost and design are highlighted as two of the benefits to using wood in mid-rise condos.

CABIN Condos(CABIN Condominiums, one of the wood condominiums being built in Canada. Photo credit: Curated Properties)

Recent changes to provincial building codes are credited for the surge of wood mid-rise buildings up to six stories in Ontario and British Columbia. The limit in most of the other jurisdictions is only four stories. Building codes which allow for more wood could change for the entire country with modifications to the National Building Code of Canada.

Read the full article about this wood condo surge at Metro Toronto.