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LEVER Architecture’s Thomas Robinson discusses the impact California could have on the timber industry

By Thomas Robinson
The Architect’s Newspaper
February 12, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

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We are witnessing a revolution in how we build with engineered timber in the United States. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved changes that would allow high-rise wood buildings in the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). Oregon and Washington were early adopters of these code changes, and Denver, Colorado, recently followed suit. … but it is anyone’s guess what California will do. Will the state decide to adopt now, or will it wait till the code becomes part of the new issuance of the 2021 IBC? This is an important question not just for California, and by extension the City of Los Angeles, but also for the future of mass timber in the U.S. and beyond. California standards and codes transform markets, and a mass timber movement in the U.S. without the state that is also the world’s fifth-largest economy is not going to move the needle fast enough.

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