This introductory talk aims to provide an overview of the existing policies in many countries to facilitate the construction of mid- and high-rise buildings.
For more than a decade, we have seen a significant global increase in the number of new construction projects for buildings over four stories high. This new reality is being made possible thanks to the measures taken by governments and their rapid adoption by developers and construction professionals. Some countries have long stood out, while others are slowly emerging with programs to support the development of this market.
Jennifer Cover is the President and CEO of WoodWorks – Wood Products Council, a U.S. national nonprofit program providing technical support, education and resources related to the code-compliant design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. The program’s objective is to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings that deliver high performance for less cost than other materials. WoodWorks partners with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Softwood Lumber Board and British Columbia’s Forestry Innovation Investment Program. Ms. Cover has been with the WoodWorks program since it was established twelve years ago and became its leader in 2013. A California-licensed professional engineer, she started her career in structural design and construction management working for KPFF Structural Engineers and Fluor Corporation. She also taught Timber Design at the University of California, San Diego for eight years and worked for APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Her experience includes strategic business development, market analysis, project management and structural design, all with an emphasis on wood construction. Ms. Cover has an M.S. in Civil Engineering (emphasis in Construction Management) from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.