Peek inside the tallest cross-laminated timber building in the US

January 2, 2019 by  
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Portland, one of the leading cities for sustainability initiatives in the U.S., is now home to the nation’s tallest mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) building. Designed by local design studio PATH Architecture , Carbon12 soars to a height of 85 feet and comprises eight stories of mixed-use programming along with 14 residential units. Resistant to earthquakes and other natural disasters, the building is also said to surpass the carbon sequestration attributes of LEED Platinum-certified structures. Carbon12 spans an area of 42,000 square feet and is set along the North Williams Corridor of North Portland . Cross-laminated timber was chosen as the primary building material, as opposed to concrete, because of the developer’s desire to create an environmentally friendly building constructed from locally sourced, renewable materials. Made from kiln-dried timber glued and pressed together, CLT is praised for its quick assembly, lightweight properties, strength and ability to sequester carbon. “In addition to its innovative structure, Carbon12 is one of the most well-prepared residential buildings in the country in regard to earthquakes and other natural disasters,” PATH Architecture said. “The Carbon12 team joined the inherent attributes of engineered timber structures, together with the innovative buckling-restrained brace frame core, to create a building that is extremely well equipped for any seismic event. With a thickened basement slab that rests on 41 steel pilings driven 45 feet deep into the ground, Carbon12 is built to protect its occupants.” Related: Architecture students build a tiny CLT classroom in just 3 weeks Built of Sustainable Forestry Initiative-certified softwood timber, the CLT building is only about a quarter of the weight of a concrete structure but equally as strong. “This project truly pushes the envelope on tall mass timber and CLT buildings for Portland, Oregon, and the entire U.S.,” the firm added. “It opens barriers and presents a new era for mass timber in the U.S., where it is well-positioned to be the go-to construction method for this region.” + PATH Architecture Photography by Andrew Pogue via PATH Architecture

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Global climate action, meet the bike industry — now, collaborate

September 11, 2018 by  
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Bicycles can make powerful progress along the path to reducing carbon pollution. But “unusual suspects” are missing an opportunity to work together.

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Sustainability, change leadership, and collaboration: From the why to the how

February 28, 2018 by  
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Looking to understand the growing pains on the path to corporate change .

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Why distributed solar is winning in Texas

February 28, 2018 by  
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Distributed solar power generators save money by avoiding expensive transmission grids.

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Next year, resilience will become the new normal

December 29, 2017 by  
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The riskiest 20 percent of U.S. counties are economic powerhouses. Having valuable property that is not resilient and in the path of disaster is unsustainable.

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Breaking the ceiling for a new generation of young entrepreneurs

September 8, 2017 by  
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Supporting access to capital, market and talent is the path to providing a sustainable job market for the global influx of young workers.

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The potholes in Trump’s public-private infrastructure plan

June 14, 2017 by  
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Trickle-down infrastructure isn’t the path forward for sustainable development.

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Postcards from the Future: Lessons from Hawaii for the World

July 7, 2016 by  
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Two visionary entrepreneurs who have been thinking deeply about Hawaii’s energy future share their thoughts about the path forward at VERGE Hawaii 2016.

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Report Report: So, COP21 happened — what next?

February 24, 2016 by  
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The Paris climate talks resulted in a historic agreement, but where to from here? This edition of the Report Report looks into some of the best analysis on where the path might lead.

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How Ontario is getting off coal

November 4, 2013 by  
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Ontario's provincial and federal governments are lighting the path to providing renewable energy at a reasonable cost.

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