Green Building Elements (09/23/15) Hanley, Stephen
The Tall Wood Building competition sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board and the Bi-national Softwood Lumber Council awarded $1.5 million each to proposals submitted for buildings to be built in New York City and Portland, Ore. The Portland Framework project will be part of the Pearl District redevelopment. The proposed 12-story urban and rural ecological project will be made primarily of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and will include space for retail, offices, workforce housing, and community space. The community space will include a public Tall Wood Exhibit to demonstrate how the building was designed and built. The second winning proposal is 475 West 18th, which will use locally-sourced wood and will combine aggressive load reduction with energy-efficient systems to reduce overall energy consumption by at least 50 percent relative to current energy codes. It is aiming for at least LEED Platinum certification. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the awards, noting "the U.S. wood products industry is vitally important as it employs more than 547,000 people in manufacturing and forestry, with another 2.4 million jobs supported by U.S. private-forest owners." He said each of the winning projects were exemplars of the competition's challenge "to showcase the safe application, practicality, and sustainability of a minimum 80-foot structure that uses mass timber, composite wood technologies, and innovative building techniques."