tall timber buildingThe 2016 edition of the National Construction Code allows for offices, hotels and apartment buildings constructed of wood up to an effective height of 25 metres or eight storeys under a deemed to satisfy (DTS) solution.

 

For many within the timber industry, this represented a watershed moment which would facilitate greater use of the product within the growing market for medium-rise apartment living.

 

With the increasing number of mega-tall buildings going up within CBD markets, however, questions surround how much impact this will really have and whether or not concrete and steel will continue to dominate in an environment where buildings are pushing 70 to 80 storeys.

 

With timber buildings rising to above 20 storeys overseas, meanwhile, further questions surround whether or not eight storeys will be sufficient over the longer term or will instead serve as more of a stepping stone on the way toward taller wooden buildings still.

 

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by Andrew HEATON | SOURCEABLE