Takeaways from the 2024 International Mass Timber Conference
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
2w ago
This year’s International Mass Timber Conference took place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland March 26–28. It was a welcome opportunity to meet with many architects, builders, engineers, suppliers, and industry professionals, and we came away with several important points that we will reference moving forward. Preparing for the Unknowns There’s been more discussion lately about the importance of early engagement and planning with specialty trade professionals. As more projects integrate mass timber with steel and/or concrete, it’s critical that all trades remain in communication with ..read more
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Timber’s Advantages Over Steel-and-Wood Hybrid Construction
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
3w ago
With the tight schedules of all parties involved in a build, any timing setbacks can snowball into big problems. That’s why mixing framing materials like steel and heavy timber can slow down the process, as each fabricator needs to align their delivery and installation logistics perfectly for the project to continue on schedule. Missed deadlines, overtime, and delivery challenges soon follow, upsetting the entire process. Time is indeed the one resource on a build that can’t be replenished. To keep projects on schedule and running efficiently, utilizing a single subcontractor to handle the ent ..read more
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From Forest to Frame: The Environmental Advantages of Building with Timber
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by Admin
1M ago
As trees grow, they diligently work to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — and that work doesn’t stop once they’re harvested, processed, and used for construction. Timber continues to store the greenhouse gas in its fibers when it’s used as part of a structure. Remarkably, one cubic meter of timber can store up to a ton of CO2. But that’s only one of several impactful environmental advantages that timber has over other construction materials. When compared to steel and concrete, timber provides impressive sustainability benefits that the building industry now recognizes as powerful rea ..read more
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Timber, Technology & Tomorrow: 7 Innovations Driving Heavy Timber Construction
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
2M ago
Wooden beams and posts have been used as a framework for structures since ancient times, even before the widespread use of nails and other fasteners. After more than a thousand years, timber structures are standing today that used intricate joinery in their construction instead. In the New World, timber use continued for houses, farm buildings, and other structures. But with the Industrial Revolution came increased needs for wood — for ships, rail ties, fuel, and more. Forests were heavily cut, and large timbers became scarce while machine-made nails became cheap; lumber material became thinne ..read more
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8 Reasons to Build with Timber Framing in the Rockies
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
3M ago
With the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, timber frame structures have always been perfectly at home in the West. The timber recalls mountain settlers building sturdy homes and ranches, tales of strength and survival, and rough-and-ready cowboys intent on taming the rugged lands. Timber structures are part of the lore and cultural identity of the frontier, and their continued popularity is testament to their part in the legendary romance of life in these mountains. But beyond the tradition of using timber as a building material, whether in the form of heavy timber beams or mass timber ..read more
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Built On Tradition: Timber Framing for Golf Clubhouses
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
4M ago
No sport honors its tradition and heritage quite like golf, particularly when it comes to celebrating its old courses and clubhouses. As golf’s popularity began to rise in the late 1800s and early 1900s, clubs were established across the United States, and their associated clubhouses were typically built to embody the timeless charm of old-world structures. Stone and heavy timber were often the materials of choice — today, that tradition continues. Modern clubhouses recall the character of these classic buildings while adding 21st century touches, from tech accessibility and large commercial-g ..read more
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The Benefits of Working with An In-House Timber Frame Fabricator
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
5M ago
Any and all efficiencies are welcomed on a project, and timber frame builds are naturally no exception. But where can those advantages be found? Shortcuts in material quality is a non-starter; expert manpower isn’t cheap; time savings are rare; and mother nature plays a huge role in meeting any deadline. There is one aspect, however, that can bring a host of efficiencies: engaging an in-house fabricator to produce all the timber frame components. With a dedicated in-house fabricator, projects may realize several benefits: Tailored Design & Customization – In-house fabricators can collabor ..read more
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Heavy Timber and Fire Resistance: A Closer Look at Safety and Strength
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
6M ago
Embracing timber as a primary construction material brings forth a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond aesthetic appeal. The innate qualities of timber, marked by its versatility, sustainability, and weight-to-strength ratio, have positioned it as a favorable choice in contemporary construction. However, heavy timber stands out not only for these impressive features, but also for a remarkable and perhaps surprising quality – fire resistance. As we delve into the science behind heavy timber’s fire resistant properties, we’ll also shed light on additional measures that can enhance and c ..read more
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Timber Building Codes and Regulations: What to Know Now
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
7M ago
As with any new build or renovation, building codes and regulations affect the design and construction of a project, from the concept stage to its final details. With growing interest and popularity in timber construction, the International Code Council (ICC) is regularly reviewing, revising, and expanding codes and clearances for all types of mass timber and timber frame builds. Learn more about mass timber classification types in MATF’s previous blog post. After years of rigorous study, testing, and peer review, the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) saw many revisions and updates to mas ..read more
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Timber Building Codes and Regulations: What to Know Now
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Blog
by Admin
7M ago
As with any new build or renovation, building codes and regulations affect the design and construction of a project, from the concept stage to its final details. With growing interest and popularity in timber construction, the International Code Council (ICC) is regularly reviewing, revising, and expanding codes and clearances for all types of mass timber and timber frame builds. Learn more about mass timber classification types in MATF’s previous blog post. After years of rigorous study, testing, and peer review, the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) saw many revisions and updates to mas ..read more
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