Mass Timber for Sustainable Growth

Fatin Anlar
Senior Associate
FXCollaborative, New York City

As our cities grow at exponential rates, it is critical that the built environment grows in a sustainable nature. While this effort will take a multi-faceted approach, mass timber has emerged as a building material that can contribute positively to the ever growing need for sustainable and affordable housing. Mass timber provides opportunities to use a building material that minimizes embodied carbon, increases speed of construction, utilizes advanced BIM implementation, and provides aesthetic and wellness benefits to inhabitants. As the market embraces mass timber it is important to reflect on lessons that can be learned from the past while looking toward the future advancements possible with mass timber.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide historical and present context of mass timber in the global building market and to provide a path forward for designers, developers, and engineers interested in using mass timber for increasingly ambitious projects. The speaker will discuss:

- Carbon sequestration possibilities in timber, including a life cycle analyses of a tall mass timber building
- Past and current mass timber projects globally, addressing concerns of structure, fire, and acoustics through the lens of Arup's work
- How mass timber solutions can be scaled to address urgent housing needs
- Her personal experience as the project manager of 475 w. 18th St, reflecting on lessons learned in navigating this new building typology through regulatory environments
- Current developments in mass timber regulations globally, including the recent ICC code language paving the way for as-of-right mass timber buildings up to 18 stories in the US

Accompanying PowerPoint Presentation