Oregon Codifies Tall Wood Buildings

Wood frame of building

Oregon is the first state to allow wood buildings to exceed six stories without special consideration.

October 23, 2018
Joanna Masterson - Construction Executive

Oregon is the first state to allow wood buildings to exceed six stories without special consideration under the Oregon Building Codes Division’s recent statement of alternative method (SAM), which provides prescriptive path elements for mass timber construction. The SAM establishes three new types of construction—Type IV A, B and C—that allow buildings to go as high as nine to 18 stories with varying percentages of exposed timber surfaces and sprinkler system requirements.

Reprinted courtesy of Joanna Masterson, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.



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