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Four Angles of Using Timber in Tall Buildings

Sajjadian, Seyed Masoud; Barlow, Chris; Tupenaite, Laura


Chris Barlow

Laura Tupenaite


Increasing attention to utilise more sustainable materials in the construction industry has made timber-based building elements more desirable. The advantages of timber in prefabrication and sustainable development are widely known, and recent investigations are looking at using timber for high-rise buildings. Until this point, many tall buildings are already built by timber, and new proposals to use it in design and as a prefabricated component are being made from academics and industry every year. This paper looks at four angles of using timber in high-rise buildings on structural capacity, construction practice, environmental and acoustic performance. A case study is also used to quantify the operational performance of a high-rise building in London, UK, and through a BIM tool, a costing is also accomplished to compare the cost of a high-rise building in CLT with steel and concrete. The study reveals the potential, challenges and advantages of using timber from four perspectives that have rarely been investigated.


Sajjadian, S. M., Barlow, C., & Tupenaite, L. (2020). Four Angles of Using Timber in Tall Buildings. In Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2020 (183-193).

Conference Name 12th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings 2020 (SEB20)
Conference Location Online
Start Date Sep 9, 2020
End Date Sep 11, 2020
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 8, 2020
Publication Date 2020-12
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2020
Publisher Springer
Pages 183-193
Series Title Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Series Number 203
Series ISSN 2190-3018
Book Title Sustainability in Energy and Buildings 2020
ISBN 978-981-15-8782-5
Public URL