Northlake Commons

Mass Timber: The Future of the Workplace Northlake Commons | A mass timber project feature

Swinerton’s Northlake Commons project is a prime example of the benefits of using mass timber in workplace construction. The Northlake Commons project was designed to meet the stringent standards of the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous sustainability certifications in the world. The building’s sustainable features include a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, and an energy-efficient heating and cooling system. The project showcases the potential of mass timber in workplace construction and sets a new standard for sustainable building design.

According to the American Wood Council, mass timber is five times lighter than concrete and only one-fifth the weight of steel, making it an ideal choice for high-rise construction. Additionally, the use of mass timber can reduce carbon emissions by up to 75% compared to traditional building materials. This reduction in carbon footprint is due to the fact that wood captures and stores carbon throughout its life cycle.

Furthermore, the use of mass timber in construction can have positive effects on occupant health and well-being. Studies have shown that exposure to natural wood can reduce stress levels and increase overall well-being. This benefit is especially significant in workplace design, where employee productivity and creativity are essential.