A few weeks ago JRA Principal Jeff Davis and Associate Michael Bellefeuille attended a NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) Pro Tour of Massachusetts’s first fully publicly funded, large scale, state-owned CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) building, an urban infill project set at a prominent location on Main Street in downtown Brockton. Envisioned as a prototype for the design of future State office buildings, it has set a new sustainability standard for the state’s building inventory. The tour was very interesting and provided us with more information that will help us remain on the cutting-edge of sustainable design.
As compared to a traditional steel and concrete building, this timber structure resulted in:
- A total carbon benefit of 362 metric tons
- 101 metric tons of greenhouse gasses avoided
- 261 metric tons of carbon are stored in the wood
This carbon benefit is equivalent to taking 77 cars off the road for a year, or replacing the energy required to operate 38 homes on an annual basis. Unlike steel and concrete, timber is an infinitely renewable material with proper foresting practices.