Due to environmental advantages, there is an effort to support the increased use of wood in building construction.
In April 2012, Joe Mayo of Mahlum, Stephanie Pure of the American Institute of Architects, Seattle, and Hans-Erik Blomgren of ARUP presented to the City of Seattle’s Committee of Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability to request that the City look more closely at removing height limitations in the building code that apply to products such as cross-laminated timber.
As a result, we have convened the Construction Codes Advisory Board’s Innovation Advisory Committee to assess the risks of allowing the expanded use of this construction type. You are welcome to observe meetings and give your input during a specific time on the agenda.
Also, be sure to visit the Background page for information about past meetings and materials.