Explore mass timber in the National Building Museum’s "Timber City" exhibit.
Video from Voice of America report, "Museum Exhibit Challenges Notion That Wood Is an Antiquated Building Material"
Mass timber is a category of framing style using large panelized solid wood construction. Materials that could be used include cross-laminated timber, nail laminated timber or glue laminated timber panels for floor and wall framing. Via reThink Wood, mass timber products are:
The Trees and Timber Research Institute of Italy tested a full-scale seven-story CLT building on the world's largest shake table in Japan with excellent results. Even when subjected to severe earthquake simulation (magnitude of 7.2 and acceleration of 0.8 to 1.2 g), the structure showed no residual deformation after the test. The maximum inter-story drift was 1.5 inches and the maximum lateral deformation at the top of the building was just 11.3 inches.
Case Study: Brock Commons Dormitory at the University of British Columbia
Brock Commons is an 18-story dormitory comprised of 17 stories of mass timber over one story of concrete. The wood structure was completed in less than 70 days, approximately four months faster than a typical project of this scope. The use of sequestered carbon of the mass timber used in this building is estimated to be the equivalent of removing 511 cars off of the road for one year.