Tomorrow’s Timber

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Abundantly illustrated, Tomorrow’s Timber covers topics based on the latest scientific insights and statistics. Also included are inspiring case studies from all over the world, which show that the mass timber revolution has already begun.

Paperback: 192 pages / English


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Weight 475 g

1 review for Tomorrow’s Timber

  1. Diederik van der Hoeven (verified owner)

    Tomorrow’s Timber is an excellent overview of modern building techniques in timber. With an emphasis on modern wood products, made from laminated wood; these allow much architectural freedom. Right at the start, the book dispels four timber myths, prejudices about building in timber. Like that a timber building is not safe in case of fire. The book argues against these prejudices. In short, on the opening page; and at length, in the entire book.
    The book shows that timber buildings are much more sustainable than buildings made from bricks, concrete or steel. It argues this case extensively. The most important factor being that concrete production is one of the most important emitters of carbon dioxide.
    The book devotes much attention to timber innovations. Many of timber’s achievements result from such innovations. Wooden beams aren’t simply cut from a tree any more. All structural elements are engineered. This greatly improves the material’s properties. The new technologies allow for very large spans and innovative architectural design. They even allow the construction of high-rise timber buildings. The new technologies also improve the performance of wooden buildings in terms of structure, fire safety, acoustics, seismic resistance etc. On top of that, timber buildings are generally perceived by their occupants to be agreeable.
    Timber buildings require a precise building process in order to be competitive to conventional building. Many elements have to be constructed in the factory and then mounted onsite. Also, qualities like airtightness, acoustics and low vibration require much precision in the building process.
    The world faces an increased urbanization. Constructing our cities in mass timber will allow us to combine this with GHG reductions – not so if we should continue building them in concrete. And: timber is in ample supply, if we should use our resources wisely. A fine book, and timely published.

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