According to NRMCA, a new breed of high-rise buildings is starting to win praise from architects, developers, and environmentalists in the era of climate change. The concrete industry has taken notice of the growing threat of wood high-rises from advance wood products and the claim of structures whose carbon footprint is 75% smaller than concrete and steel buildings. Despite the wood industry’s strong promotional efforts, the concrete industry can position itself to strengthen buildings codes in favor of non-combustible construction, meet environmental goals of our specifiers, and use scientific-based research to combat this threat in your backyard.

The story below is another example of the seriousness of the threat that the wood industry has mounted to concrete use in low- and mid-rise building construction, despite the increased fire danger and reduction in stiffness of wood buildings.

A new building, just a 10-minute drive from Old Quebec in Canada, could be the first of its kind. Called the Origine, this 12 story building would be the first in North America to be built entirely of cross-laminated timber. When completed, it would make the structure the “tallest wooden tower in North America.” 

The structure was built by Nordic Structures and is a unique use of previously underused material. While most of the building material is made of wood, concrete is being used for the building’s one story podium and the building’s heated floors. 

Greg Lewis, senior director for building innovations is working with producers and industry allies to identify opportunities to expand the concrete market share nationally. If you don’t think this threat is real, read the following story published online by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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