Mass timber is “cost-effective and requires little energy to manufacture”—part of the reason that the building material is gaining popularity and helping to drive the construction industry’s recovery following the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Goldberg Segalla’s Maura F. Krause told Smart Cities Dive.
The publication interviewed Maura, a LEED-certified professional and a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Construction practice, for insight into mass timber, trends in building design and construction, and the impact of former Vice President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan, which focuses on renewable energy and electrification and an end to carbon-based electrical generation by 2035.
“Biden has a pretty aggressive plan for a modern and sustainable infrastructure that he plans to put in place immediately upon coming into office. And if it is put in place, it’s going to have a very real impact on green construction and green materials,” Maura said. “While many seem to be skeptical of how the changes that come with the green plan could be possible in a four-year term, just take a look at how fast we adapted to change in a five-month period due to COVID-19. Anything is possible at this point.”
“Mass Timber Reaches for New Heights to Unlock Zero-Carbon Cities,” Smart Cities Dive, November 4, 2020
Maura F. Krause is a proven trial lawyer and litigator with an extensive record of representing clients in the construction sector in state and federal courts across Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. She focuses her practice on personal-injury and general liability defense, business and commercial litigation, and defending construction defect claims. She earned certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification ensures that professionals have the knowledge they need to take a project through LEED certification and are well versed in the many aspects of green building. Prior to entering private practice, Maura served as a state prosecutor and assistant district attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, and as in-house counsel at a financial services company.