Is It Possible To Build A Sky- scraper Out Of Wood?
Is it possible to build a multi-storey house if wood is your main construction material?
In July 2017, the Brock Commons Tallwood House opened, offering accommodation for more than 400 students at The University of British Columbia in Canada. With its 18 storeys and 53 metres, Tallwood House is the world’s highest building that is mainly constructed of solid wood. The floors, for example, are made of cross-laminated wood supported by pillars of laminated wood, while the cladding contains 70 % wood fibre. The foundation, lift shafts and stairwells are made from concrete, though.
The advantage of using wood is, for example, that cross-laminated wood is almost five times lighter than concrete. Also, the contractor estimates that the construction of the high-rise building has led to the emission of 2,432 tons of CO less than a similar house made from concrete.