Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance


  • By Michael Green (Author), Jim Taggart (Author)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhauser (11 January 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783035604757
  • ISBN-13: 9783035604757
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm

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Tall wood buildings have been at the foreground of innovative building practice in urban contexts for a number of years. From London to Stockholm, from Vancouver to Melbourne timber buildings of up to 20 storeys have been built, are under construction or being considered. This dynamic trend was enabled by developments in the material itself, prefabrication and more flexibility in fire regulations. The low CO2 footprint of wood – often regionally sourced – is another strong argument in its favour. This publication explains the typical construction types such as panel systems, frame and hybrid systems. An international selection of 13 case studies is documented in detail with many specially prepared construction drawings, demonstrating the range of the technology.


“With technical efficiency and editorial quality, this book takes stock of the most ambitious step that wood architecture has made of in the last decade: that of building highrises.” ArquitecturaViva 199 (2017), 69 “The case studies are thoroughly presented in a way that will be useful to professionals, both with regards to their architectural and structural design. Tall Wood Buildings is a very important book for the future – not only of architecture and construction – but also in presenting a viable option of how we might build a sustainable future for our planet.” David Valldeby in: www.canadianarchitect.com, 07/2017

About the Author

Michael Green, Michael Green Architecture, Vancouver Jim Taggart, Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine