BROCK COMMONS, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CASE STUDY

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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Commercial