Re-Imagining Our Skyline
of Georgia’s population will live in an urban or suburban area by 2050
reduction in GHG emissions when substituting wood for concrete and steel
more wood is grown than harvested annually in Georgia
Re-Imagining Our City's Skyline
As one of humankind’s oldest building materials, wood provides a deeper connection to nature in the built environment, while adding warmth and comfort to the places we live, work and play. As the population of the southeast continues to grow, so will the demand for architecture that connects us to nature while bettering the world around us.
Mass timber is an innovative engineered wood product with the same tensile strength of steel and concrete. These beautiful wood beams and panels unlock the potential to build mid- and high-rise structures with wood as the primary component, effectively turning our buildings into carbon sinks rather than carbon emitters.
Our Project Priorities
In recent years, the understanding of mass timber as a natural climate solution has become more widespread. In order to gain momentum, there is a need to unify organizations and decision makers around a central understanding of mass timber, and specifically, how Georgia’s forests can be utilized in its manufacturing. GFF is seeking funding to advance the market for mass timber in Georgia through the following initiatives:
Mass Timber Demonstration
This mobile, mass timber display will be focused on connecting Atlanta citizens to the natural, versatile and sustainable aspects of wood in the built environment. The modular display will be scheduled to be displayed in several high profile areas across the city. Visitors will be able to explore and interact with the display, learning about Georgia’s working forests and the role they play in sustainable development and carbon capture.
Educating Key Decision Makers
We are building awareness of mass timber by providing learning opportunities to Georgia for developers, engineers, architects, and code officials. In this effort, GFF has hosted the 2017 Mass Timber Symposium; provided an educational experience at Greenbuild; supported delegations in attending the International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, OR; and, hosted a mass timber informational tour with key policymakers.
We are also focused on developing key relationships with organizations that are driving attention for mass timber in the built environment as a solution to climate change, including:
- Drawdown Georgia
- Kendeda Building for Sustainable Innovative Design
- Carbon Leadership Forum – Atlanta Hub
I am focused on designing structures that use natural materials and bring the outdoors inside. Mass timber offers a way to do that both structurally and aesthetically. And as the use of mass timber in construction increases, Georgia has a real opportunity to be on the leading edge.
Owner, The Sizemore Group