Environmental advantages are the leading benefits of mass timber construction

Third in a series based on the IMEG executive guide, “Mass Timber 101: A Guide to the Hottest Sustainable Building Material.”  By Heather Heidenreich  Mass timber, comprised of multiple solid wood panels nailed or glued together, is an exceptionally strong and stable building material that boasts safety benefits for fire protection. But it’s also attractive

Supreme Court ruling on EPA is no excuse to sit on the sidelines

By Adam McMillen  It’s easy to be discouraged by the recent Supreme Court decision to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act. The EPA’s response is to move forward with lawful implementation of environmental standards that address climate change, and we, the AEC industry, can

A whole building analysis looks at a building’s entire lifespan, from construction to occupation (Podcast included)

A related podcast discussing life cycle analysis can be found at the end of this post.  By Laura Hagan  Though in recent years the AEC industry has focused on decreasing carbon emissions in building operations through energy-efficient systems, frequent monitoring of energy use, and increased awareness, the built environment still contributes nearly 40 percent of

Mass Timber 101: Code changes offer building owners much more flexibility

Second in a series based on the IMEG executive guide, “Mass Timber 101: A Guide to the Hottest Sustainable Building Material.”  By Heather Heidenreich  Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has become a popular building material across the U.S. due to its unique aesthetic, sustainable qualities, and potential cost savings. In response, the International Code Council (ICC) created