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Con­struc­tion of one of the tallest wood build­ings in the world is un­der­way at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Colom­bia (UBC) in Canada.

Due to open in Septem­ber 2017, the Dhs146 mil­lion 18-storey res­i­dence build­ing will stand 53 me­tres tall and house 404 stu­dents in 272 stu­dios and 33 four-bed units. There will also be a ground-floor lounge and study space for com­muter stu­dents.

The build­ing will con­sist of a mass tim­ber su­per­struc­ture atop a con­crete base. Wood is a sus­tain­able and ver­sa­tile build­ing ma­te­rial that stores, rather than emits, car­bon diox­ide.

UBC hopes the build­ing will achieve a min­i­mum Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal (LEED) Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Vancouver’s Ac­ton Ostry Ar­chi­tects is work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with tall wood ad­vi­sor Ar­chitek­ten Her­mann Kauf­mann, from Aus­tria.

In­terim univer­sity pres­i­dent Martha Piper said: “The build­ing will ad­vance the univer­sity’s rep­u­ta­tion as a hub of sus­tain­able and in­no­va­tive de­sign, and pro­vide our stu­dents with much-needed on-cam­pus hous­ing.”

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