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Brock Commons, University of British Columbia

The tallest mass timber building in the world now stands at the University of British Columbia (UBC) at the Point Grey campus. Brock Commons, a student residence, is 174 feet tall. Designing a timber building was purposeful, as the material is sustainable and versatile; it stores—rather than emits—carbon dioxide for the life of the structure and beyond when wood fiber is recycled or reclaimed. The building was designed to achieve a minimum LEED™ Gold certification. To provide exceptional fire protection while remaining lightweight, USG Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Panels Firecode® X (UL Type ULIX) were installed in this structure.

In total, this building used an estimated 1.1 million square feet of USG Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Panels Firecode® X. As a result, the building weighs approximately 506,000 pounds less than if it were built using standard 5/8 inch USG Sheetrock® Brand Firecode® X Panels.

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Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

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