Thursday, January 14, 2016
American Wood Council (AWC) Vice President Kenneth Bland, P.E., issued the following statement regarding the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors approval of the formation of a Tall Wood Ad Hoc Committee.
The committee will be made up of stakeholders, code officials and other interested parties. The committee will study tall wood construction and may develop code changes to be submitted for the 2021 International Building Code. Tall wood is an industry term to identify the use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other heavy timber manufactured wood products in building heights greater than six stories.
Other nations have already seen the benefits of tall wood construction – from the low carbon footprint, ease of construction and reduced construction time.
Wood products are made from renewable resources found abundantly in North America. AWC petitioned ICC for creation of the committee to research the building science of tall wood buildings, and are pleased that it is moving forward. This is an important step toward the advancement of tall wood in the United States, a carbon-sequestering alternative in construction.