Mass timber focus of upcoming conference

Mass timber focus of upcoming conference

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The second annual International Mass Timber Conference is expected to attract professionals from around the globe to Portland, Ore., March 28-30, as innovative building products such gain interest among the building field.

Hundreds of attendees from 13 countries have registered so far and many more are expected before the event kicks off late March, according to a press release. A pre-conference mass timber building tour precedes two days of educational panels, an expo and networking events.

Mass timber – cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated timber, for instance – is a category of engineered wood framing often using lumber glued together to make massive and extremely strong panels of solid wood for use as floors and walls in commercial and residential structures. These products are competing with concrete, masonry and steel in mid- and high-rise buildings and offer fast build times, sustainability, less waste and superior carbon efficiency.

Mass timber includes products such as CLT, nail-laminated timber, glue-laminated (glulam) panels and laminated veneer lumber.

For year two, the International Mass Timber Conference has moved to the Oregon Convention Center. A highlight of the conference is the presentations, both the keynotes in the general sessions and the technical presentations in the educational tracks.

Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones and a conservationist tree farmer, is just one of many keynotes slated for the event. Doubling in size for 2017, the educational tracks feature 80 global speakers addressing environment, sustainability, certification, and education; developers and builders; architecture and engineering and manufacturing, research and development, and applied research.

The exhibit hall features more than 50 exhibitors and poster presentations for higher education students to display their mass timber research.

“Our company has 100+ years combined experience in the wood products industry and have been working in the mass timber sector for years now, but still find ourselves astonished at the game-changing power of mass timber to positively disrupt the commercial building market around the world, and possibly even the residential market in the future,” said Craig Rawlings, president and CEO of Forest Business Network, the producer of the International Mass Timber Conference. “A dedicated mass timber event was needed when we launched the inaugural Mass Timber Conference in 2016 and yet the fever pitch excitement for these products and our 2017 event only reaffirms that mass timber is the new sustainable choice for greener buildings and growing cities.”

The pre-conference building tour will visit Portland’s newest timber buildings, including a premier look at Carbon12, a CLT and glulam-paneled eight-story building that’s currently under construction. An additional tour will take attendees to the Oregon State University testing facility and other points of interest for those working in mass timber.

The International Mass Timber Conference is offering a 25 percent final early bird discount on select passes. In addition, the event is pleased to offer a 50 percent discount on passes for university, nonprofit, and government workers; and an 80 percent discount for current higher education students.

A detailed agenda, building tour information, interactive exhibit hall floor plan and more can be found at


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