New Timber Opportunities and Green Building

  • Wood helps see clearly – Swedish researchers develop wood windows The transparent wood is made by removing the lignin in the wood veneer. Picture: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    Windows and solar panels could be made of transparent wood in the future. The new material is suitable for mass production.

  • 300m wood skyscraper proposed for central London tower2 crop 3

    The tallest timber tower yet has been proposed for central London, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Currently the plans for the 80-storey, 300m tower from are described as ‘conceptual’ by their creators; researchers at the University of Cambridge Architectural Department, PLP Architects and timber construction specialist engineers Smith & Wallwork.  But they insist the building, or something […]

  • Flow of refugees boosts prefab industry – especially in Germany Picture: Deutsche Fertighaus Holding, EinSteinHaus

    The Austrian firm Interconnection Consulting published a new study on the market for prefabricated houses in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. The study is based on a survey of the most important market players and identifies growth in Germany, especially for prefabricated timber buildings.

  • German timber trade sales rise less than forecast GD Holz promotion campaign "Holz vom Fach". Picture: GD Holz

    Turnover generated by the German timber trade was up 0.4% in the first nine months of 2015. Growth was thus lower than the previously expected 3-4%.

  • Munich to build 450-apartment residential area in wood

    The premises of former Prinz-Eugen-Kaserne in Munich are to showcase modern urban and ecological building: the town council decided last week to build an all-wood urban settlement embracing 450 apartments. The project will include several up to 7-storey high buildings, in addition to smaller homes. 

  • Chinese economic slow-down reflected in lower wood imports log-exports-readied

    Chinese imports of softwood logs and lumber have reached the lowest level in five years this August, at just over US$500 million; this was 28% lower than in August last year. And hardwood imports are under pressure as well.

  • New York, Portland and Vancouver aiming high

    Tall timber buildings are increasingly being considered the number one solution for growing demand for urban housing and stricter carbon and energy emission standards for new buildings.

  • John Wardle Architects and NADAAA win timber design awards

    The Australian timber design awards 2015 went to John Wardle Architects and Boston-based NADAAA for the Melbourne School of Design. The Australian Timber Development Association (TDA), which organises the Awards, said the building was “an inspiring example of complex green design“.

  • China’s future is to be built of wood ChinasFutureistobebuilt

    The Chinese Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has signed a directive that is to increase the use of wood in future construction projects. The Directive pushes for more use of wood in rooftop extensions, curtain walls, tourist facilities, schools, hospitals and other official buildings, for example, according to the Swedish marketing organisation Swedish Wood.

  • Architecture student wins TREEHOUSING Competition C:UsersAylaMusicDocumentsTreehousing Competition - Sheet -

    Architecture student Ayla Harvey from South Africa tied for first place with Koura Studios and ARUP Seattle from the US for the Grand Prize for tall wooden housing of the TREEHOUSING International Wood Design Competition. The winners were announced during the World Forestry Congress in Durban in early September.