A building trend has taken off around the world—one that is only beginning to emerge in the U.S. The trend—using cross laminated timber building products—enables buildings to be taller than the typical six stories historically used for wood construction.
Cross laminated timber (CLT) is a type of mass timber product, an engineered wood panel made from gluing and pressing alternating layers of sawed lumber to form exceptionally strong structural building panels, allowing for taller wood buildings. Forterra believes CLT and other mass timber products can strengthen rural economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions as we build in our cities. Currently, its use in the Pacific Northwest is limited—no supply source exists in our state, the product is expensive and current building codes don’t allow for tall wood buildings.
If you want to go fast, go alone—if you want to go far, go together.
Forterra prides itself on innovative market ideas as solutions. We believe that we can forge a path for CLT in our region by partnering with rural communities, architects, engineers, government agencies, the timber industry and environmental organizations.
That’s why we worked with the American Institute of Architects – Washington Council and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, to convene a leadership summit to advance CLT and other mass timber products in the Pacific Northwest. Over 80 participants from a range of sectors participated, rallying around the fundamental idea that we can create a vibrant economy and a healthy environment by working together. As a coalition we can ensure that Washington is a leader in building for a sustainable future.
The two-day summit featured expert panelists discussing barriers and opportunities in establishing a CLT/mass timber market in Washington state; a session on innovating for sustainability with Jeff Raikes, Gene Duvernoy, Representative Derek Kilmer, Dean Lisa Graumlich and Bob Drewel; and facilitated group discussion to develop strategies for an action plan.
The summit emphasized what we thought was true: Strong support for building a CLT/mass timber market in Washington exists. We are committed to working with stakeholders and leaders across sectors to implement next steps.
A special thanks to the Summit’s sponsors:
Green Diamond Resource Company
The Nature Conservancy
University of Washington, College of the Environment
Washington State University
Washington State University, North Puget Sound at Everett
The Wilderness Society