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The Business Case for Mass Timber and Tall Wood Code Provisions

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

  • In Person

Regional In-Person Seminar (Charlotte, NC)

Exploring Tall Wood: New Code Provisions for Tall Timber Structures 

As interest in and use of mass timber in the U.S. has grown, so too has interest in pushing these timber structures to greater heights. Using international examples of successful tall wood buildings as precedent, some designers have proposed tall wood projects in the states using a project-specific performance-based design approach. In order to provide a uniform set of code provisions for these tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Those code changes were announced as approved in January 2019 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.

Mass Timber: Making the Case to Developers and Owners

Would you like to pitch sustainable mass timber to a client? Are you wondering how mass timber might pencil in a project pro forma? If so, this presentation will provide insight on completing the value proposition for developers and owners. The aesthetic differentiation and biophilic benefits of mass timber have broad appeal to a wide range of stakeholders, from end users to ESG-investors. Professionals hoping to influence decisions to use mass timber will learn how this appeal can translate to return on investment in an overview of initial findings from WoodWorks’ Mass Timber Business Case Study series, written for the developer/owner/investor audience. This presentation will provide an overview of the case study series highlighting key takeaways. Developers/owners, architects, engineers and builders will all learn how mass timber can create value.


Please join us after the seminar for a networking happy hour.


Speaker: Jessica Scarlett, EIT | WoodWorks


Attendees can Earn 2.0 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2.0 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits



Maggiano’s Little Italy

4400 Sharon Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

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For questions or additional information, please contact:

Mary Schramka | | (708) 204-9578


Image: Ascent / Korb + Associates Architects / Thornton Tomasetti / Photo Korb + Associates Architects


May 14
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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Maggiano’s Little Italy
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211 United States