It seems timber may become the go to material for builders of multi storey structures, with the number of modern buildings constructed with engineered timber begins to rise. Although the use of this material for multi storey buildings has been documented as early as the thirteenth century, builders and architects alike are looking to the past for inspiration on how to build these towering structures, with a modern twist.
So what's all the fuss about?
In short this material is economical and effective. Unlike its concrete competitors, engineered timber is lightweight and easier to work with. Opting for engineered timber also allows contractors to save money, time and offers a safer work environment for their team, as the material requires less labour requirements which means smaller teams of tradesmen and less high risk tasks such as welding and cutting.
However, there is a downside. Builders who wish to use to cross laminated timber on buildings have to outsource overseas, as the material is not readily available in bulk locally, this will unfortunately add time and cost to the project.