Innovation, Durability and Design
Code Counts is an email newsletter for the code community brought to you by ICC. Inside each issue, you can find valuable news and perspective from the rest of the industry on matters of codes and standards, as well as resources that can help code officials do their job more effectively.
1. Mass timber and tall wood were recently highlighted in the May 2016 issue of Code Counts:
Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic.
Wood’s light weight and workability make it easy to apply to specific applications. With the exception of major members that are made to spec off-site, wood can be adapted in the field, allowing quick solutions if changes are required. Wood is also well suited to additions and retrofits, and wood systems can be dismantled with relative ease and the materials used elsewhere.
Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, contributing to a wider range of wood construction system solutions and building opportunities. Cross laminated timber (CLT), parallel strand lumber (PSL), glued laminated timber (glulam) and prefabricated paneling systems are among the products contributing to a wider range of wood buildings.