New York City Council approved new rules according to which houses in the city will begin to be built using CLT technology from multilayer glued wood panels. Authorities have also determined at what height the buildings can be used, Dezeen said.
Such panels will be used for the construction of low and mid-rise buildings throughout the city. In this case, buildings should reach a maximum height of about 26 meters, which corresponds to 6-7 floors. The ordinance became part of the first update to the code since 2014. Previously, the approval process for timber structures in the city was difficult.
The Council made a decision, since similar technologies are used in other countries. “With the ability to build with solid wood panels, New York will be able to join many cities around the world as an important leader in carbon-sensitive timber high-rise construction. This is a great opportunity for New York architects, developers and builders to show what New York can do with wood, ”said architect Michael Green.
In July, real estate experts predicted the collapse of New York City skyscrapers. As a result, high-rise building owners were forced to spend billions of dollars on renovations and renovations to stay competitive in the dying office market.