The construction of tall buildings from wood is probably as old as humanity. 1,400 years ago, the Japanese built multi-storey pagodas that are still standing today, defying weather conditions and earthquakes. Today, when it is necessary to change course to avoid the worst effects of climate change, wood is gaining notoriety as the only construction material whose use helps to reduce CO2 emissions.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has recently verified the status of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway, as the tallest wooden building in the world. With 85.4 meters of height, it is the third tallest building in Norway and the highest mixed use building (commercial and residential).
The announcement about Mjøstårnet coincides with the CTBUH’s recently revised guidelines that now recognize timber as structural material in response to what it described as an "uptick" in the number of tall timber buildings around the world that are currently being built or that have been announced as future projects.
This trend has grown silently during the last decade. Why now? Because there are realities that can no longer be ignored: climate change is here to stay and the world population is increasing.