Lessons from Tall Wood Buildings: What We Learned from Ten International Examples

Dec 19, 2014

This article discusses a qualitative study that focused on the use of wood structural systems for tall buildings. The study used a survey to collect information about recently constructed tall wood buildings, and this article reviews the findings of the survey. The results indicate that one of the driving factors for using wood as a structural system is the potential for wood to reduce the carbon emissions impact from buildings (embodied and operational). The results also emphasize that the motivation and rationale for considering wood in tall building construction is often reinforced by supportive policy context.

keywords: sustainable design, mass timber, low-carbon material, energy efficiency, quality of space, human health and well-being

Rebecca Holt, M. Urb, LEED AP BD+C, ND (Perkins+Will)
Kathy Wardle, M.E.S, LEED AP BD+C (Perkins+Will)
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