April CSI Flint Hills CEU Tall Timber
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About the Event
Timber is hardly a new material. Recent innovations have allowed for new approaches to building
with timber, and over the past decade we have seen timber buildings grow taller and taller. It
seems that we are in a timber renaissance of sorts, with a number of new approaches to mid-rise and
potentially high-rise buildings.
The environmental benefit of timber-structured buildings is significant. Timber requires much less
energy to harvest, transport, and process, and so releases less carbon, than either steel or
concrete. In addition, harvested timber stores carbon for the lifetime of the building, and has
some insulative value. Timber is actually highly resilient, as well. Timber buildings can stand for
centuries; pound for pound it ranks with both steel and concrete in structural strength. Timber
performs well in seismic and other eccentric loading, and outperforms concrete in some ways in
Performance aside, mass timber is a marvelous material, and we are at the forefront of its
inception as a standard large building system. Wood is a warm material aesthetically. It is very
versatile, able to replace steel, composite, precast, or sitecast concrete elements (tectonic or
panels). Considering heavy timber’s fire protection properties, it is possible to leave timber
exposed in many types of spaces and buildings.
This session will be an overview of where we are now in terms of tall timber construction. It will
closely examine some recent tall timber exemplars, discuss the methods architects, contractors,
subs, and manufacturers use, and explore opportunities for mass and tall timber here in the center
of the country.
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