Developers, local governments and construction officials alike can learn about how to increase innovation in construction. A recent report published by the British Columbia Construction Association uses mass timber as a case study for innovation to demonstrate how the procurement process can spur new technologies and processes.
Addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings and infrastructure is a key component of the global fight against climate change. In addition to the current focus on operational GHG emissions, this increasingly involves considering embodied GHG emissions (commonly referred to as “embodied carbon”). Embodied carbon in construction refers to the GHG emissions associated with the manufacturing, maintenance, and decommissioning of a structure.
Construction of the mass timber structure at the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons Tallwood House took about nine weeks —two month ahead of schedule.
The average speed of the mass timber erection and envelope installation was two floors per week. This included the columns and CLT panels, encapsulation of the wood components with gypsum board, the pouring of a concrete topping, and installation of the envelope panels.
Construction of Brock Commons Tallwood House is now complete with many lessons learned. It is currently the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structures in the world at 18 storeys in height.
To support the advancement of tall wood buildings, a specialized educational presentation is now available, providing a specific focus on Brock Commons Tallwood House including the use of mass timber in construction and an overview of the design and construction processes.
The presentation is made up of several modules, including:
B.C. architects Michael Green (of Michael Green Architecture) and Jim Taggart launched their new book on tall wood buildings on March 30th at Inform Interiors. The book includes 13 case studies that celebrate the beauty and specification/detail of wood buildings around the world. The University of Northern British Columbia's Wood Innovation and Design Centre, as well as the University of British Columbia's Earth Sciences Building were among those highlighted as international best-practice case studies.