With construction professionals and designers seeking lower carbon building alternatives and renewable materials, there is a growing interest to expand the tall wood building sector in Canada and beyond.
Building taller with wood is not only achievable, it’s already underway with advanced construction technologies and modern mass timber products such as glued laminated timber, cross laminated timber and structural composite lumber.
In the past 10 years, over 28 wood buildings, 7-stories and taller have been built around the world, demonstrating the safety and performance of these buildings and the innovative wood products used to construct them.
The reduced carbon footprint and embodied / operational energy performance of these buildings is appealing to communities that are committed to sustainable development and climate change mitigation.
In 2014, the Wood Innovation & Design Centre (WIDC) was completed in Prince George, B.C. At 29.5 metres-high (97 feet), the WIDC is currently the tallest contemporary wood building in North America. The University of British Columbia is constructing an 18-storey tall wood residence on campus, showcasing the rapid growth of knowledge and expertise in mass timber construction in B.C.
To learn more about tall wood buildings around the world, view the Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings.