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The use of mass timber is growing exponentially around the world, and some say it will double in capacity during the next 12 months in North America alone. While wood is one of the oldest building materials, its recent innovative technologies and material science advancements have catapulted the most recent category of pre-fabricated, engineered wood – mass timber – into the limelight.

Today, projections of population growth and urban expansion soar at the same time cities grapple with reducing CO2 emissions. We know that buildings contribute to nearly ½ greenhouse gas emissions, yet expansion is needed to accommodate this growth. Certified, responsibly managed forests, and forest products store carbon, and play a critical role in achieving global carbon reductions. And now, forest products are an extremely viable material option for mid to high rise building projects when prior to these advancements, they were not. Mass timber buildings are similar to their traditional steel and concrete counterparts in strength and flexibility, and thanks to the char rate they’re fire resistant as well. Additionally, the intrinsic qualities of wood offer biophilic benefits, and work to bring the outdoors in as we’ve evolved to spending 90% of everyday indoors.

With promises to aid so many societal ills, the pressures being placed on our forests require us to advance responsibly. When procured from certified lands, and having the accompanying assurances and mechanisms in place for robust, sustainable production, mass timber provides a win – win we can all live with.

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