Skyscrapers made of wood making a comeback

Jamie McKane

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Skyscrapers made of wood making a comeback

More than a century after steel and concrete became the standard for building high-rise buildings, the humble tree is making a comeback.

Sidewalk Labs LLC, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is planning to use timber to construct all of its buildings for a mixed-use community along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

[Bloomberg]
 

ekske1

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Skyscrapers made of wood making a comeback

More than a century after steel and concrete became the standard for building high-rise buildings, the humble tree is making a comeback.

Sidewalk Labs LLC, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is planning to use timber to construct all of its buildings for a mixed-use community along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

[Bloomberg]
got wood?
 

Nicodeamus

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The reason for this is that the construction sector is moving closer and close to the Lego Approach (Concrete slabs and walls are precast in factories). The net result is a better overall qualify and a faster installation.
The trade-off effect has been that timer construction is becoming popular again given that it is simply lighter to transport.

Small changes in the industry can resurrect old technologies. I don't see Timber making a 180 degree comeback, but we have seen an uptick in the market in Italy and France.
 

Nicodeamus

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I hope everything is soaked in fire retardant.
Wooden Construction in some cases exceeds Steel Construction when it comes to Fire resistance. Wood manages to maintain most of its yield-strength when it is heated up. Steel collapses very quickly under its own weight, making it more of a fire hazard.

The challenge for Timer Construction is during seismic activities. Steel and Concrete is very good at absorbing and dissipating the energies. Timer tends to be quite rigid, which puts a lot of strain on your connections. This is historically why the skyscrappers didn't go up.
 

Geoff.D

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Wooden Construction in some cases exceeds Steel Construction when it comes to Fire resistance. Wood manages to maintain most of its yield-strength when it is heated up. Steel collapses very quickly under its own weight, making it more of a fire hazard.

The challenge for Timer Construction is during seismic activities. Steel and Concrete is very good at absorbing and dissipating the energies. Timer tends to be quite rigid, which puts a lot of strain on your connections. This is historically why the skyscrappers didn't go up.
suggest you check your posts for mistakes (timer = timber?)
 

konfab

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The world shall need to learn of the peaceful ways of wooden skyscrapers... BY FORCE
 
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