Hybrid mass timber high-rise nearly as cost-effective as concrete tower: Study

World Construction Network
April 10, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Constructing a hybrid mass timber high-rise is now nearly as cost-effective as constructing a comparable concrete tower, states a study co-authored by PCL Construction, DCI Engineers, and Weber Thompson. The Hybrid Tall Timber: Mass Timber Residential High-Rise Study highlights the potential of mass timber to expand residential space in densely populated urban areas. The study suggests that mass timber construction could pave way for developing more buildings in the intermediate tower height range. Intermediate high-rise towers are said to be often not built to their full potential due to cost and code constraints. The study indicates that mass timber, a renewable material made from fast-growing lumber, could be more economical under certain conditions.

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