Kizhi Church is One of the World’s Tallest Wood Structures

Kizhi Pogost is a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site in Russia that contains a trio of ornate 17th century church buildings made entirely of wood. The structures were built entirely from wood without the use of nails, and they’ve withstood the test of time. Even today, the 22-domed church on… Read More

The perfect plan and how to get started

A builder once told me that you have to build the same home plan 4 times to get a home exactly right in all aspects. If you have ever built a new home you have probably said at some point, “If I built this home again, I would do this… Read More

Timber Towers Could Cut the Carbon Footprint of Tall Buildings by 75 Percent

Via Tafline Laylin – Inhabitat The internationally renowned design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM) just published the findings of their “Timber Tower Research Project,” which proposes constructing skyscrapers with timber in order to reduce their overall carbon footprint. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency buildings account for 36… Read More

Bank vs. Mortgage Broker

If I can get a mortgage or construction financing through my bank, why should I go to a mortgage broker? In dealing with a bank you only deal with one lender; the bank. Mortgage broker’s deal with many lenders at a time, providing customers with a broader range of products… Read More

Prefab Green

Can you build high-performance, green buildings at very little additional cost? The answer is yes! Innovation, integration and prefabrication are the key. Innovation: In the building industry we’ve all heard words like Lean, Net Zero and Passive. But what does that really mean when it comes to integrating these into… Read More

B.C. joins the race to the skyline

Via – Wood First | Werner Hofstatter The announcement last month of the awarding of the contract to build a contemporary, 90-foot wood building in Prince George officially launches British Columbia into the race to build the world’s first wood skyscraper. The six-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) at… Read More

Introducing Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) to North America

Via Naturally Wood – CLT has gained traction since 2000 in the emerging green building movement. Engineered wood products offer a strong combination of environmental performance and sustainability, design flexibility, cost-competitiveness and structural integrity. This video provides thoughts and commentary from technical experts, manufacturers, architects and leaders in the building… Read More