lower carbon design
atelierjones has undertaken a sustained program of applied research to introduce Mass Timber into the building technology supply chain throughout the United States. After designing and building four demonstration projects in the Pacific Northwest, between 2014-2017, Susan Jones then joined the International Code Council’s Tall Wood Building Code Committee to change our national codes. Representing AIA National, including over 90,000 architects in the United States, she and the 18-person committee along with an international body of stakeholders spent two years changing national building codes to allow Tall Wood buildings in the United States, up to 18 stories. As a lower-carbon technology, Mass Timber seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15-30% as compared to traditional concrete and steel mid-highrise buildings. In 2019, atelierjones received a major grant from The Nature Conservancy to study to impacts and effects of Mass Timber buildings, their carbon savings relative to traditional concrete and steel buildings. Life-cycle analyses will be performed by the University of Washington, The Forest Products Laboratory and CORRIM to determine the impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, using the three different codified building types: 8-stories, 12-stories and 18-stories, in the Pacific Northwest, the Northeast and the Southeast. Additional coordination work with international LCA studies is also being undertaken, in Chile, China, Sweden and Austria.
life safety: mass timber fire research
atelierjones helped write the Fire Test Protocols for the five Fire Tests as engaged upon by the International Code Council’s Tall Wood Building research in 2017. Five fire tests were conducted to test the capacity of Mass Timber to withstand and restrain Compartment Fires in real-life fire conditions. All tests met or exceeded modeling expectations and formed the basis of the rationale and performance criteria for the Tall Wood Building Codes, ratified in early 2019. In 2019 Susan spoke to both the New York Fire Department and the Tokyo Fire Departments on the emerging Mass Timber buildings in the United States and their importance for the fight against climate change.