When: Sunday, 29 October 2017, Morning
Venue: To Be Confirmed

In the past few years, the tall building industry has become increasingly interested in the use of timber as a major structural element in skyscrapers. The potential advantages are far-reaching: a lower carbon footprint than conventional construction, the sequestering of carbon during the life of the tree, combined with high strength and aesthetic appeal. This has resulted in a now-worldwide wave of research, built projects, and ever more daring speculative proposals using “mass timber.”

As a result, there are now numerous claims to the title of “tallest timber building,” which have become increasingly difficult to validate, because of the myriad hybrid construction approaches used. Additionally, codes and practices are far from uniform, and in many jurisdictions, they prohibit construction of wooden buildings above a certain height.

In light of this, the Council will convene a half-day Workshop on the morning of Sunday, 29 October 2017 in Sydney – the day before the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference – with the following objectives:

Rob Foster, Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

  1. To establish criteria for categorizing the wide range of construction approaches to tall timber buildings, for inclusion in the official CTBUH Height Criteria, and ultimate determination of the “World’s Tallest Timber Building” title.
  2. To develop recommendations for standardized nomenclature and a common understanding of methodologies of tall-timber design and construction.
  3. To expand the existing CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group into an international committee.
  4. To ultimately produce a CTBUH Technical Guide on High-Rise Timber Construction.

The workshop will be led by Carsten Hein, Arup, co-chair of the CTBUH Tall Timber Working Group; and Rob Foster, Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland.

Representatives from the projects included in the recent “Tall Buildings in Numbers” report “Tall Timber: A Global Audit,” (see below) and others will be in attendance:

Tall Buildings in Numbers report “Tall Timber: A Global Audit

Attendance at the workshops is complimentary to registered delegates, though space is limited. Please contact Nicole McLellan at nmclellan@ctbuh.org to register your interest in attending.

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