We commonly see timber flooring in Sydney and wood is usually favoured by residential properties compared to commercial ones. In Norway, this stereotype is broken after the construction on the tallest building in the world made using timber materials has been completed. The project is dubbed as the plyscraper.
The wood tower has a height of 85.4 metres and composed of 18 storeys in total. The material used in constructing the building is called mass timber whichis achieved by gluing timber under higher pressure until the layers have formed into thick beams.
The person responsible behind the design is VollArkitekter and it is officially named as The Mjosa Tower. The name is derived from the lake that is close to the tower and also the biggest lake in Norway, the Lake Mjosa. Majority of the building floors will be occupied by offices as well as apartments but there will also be a hotel inside that will have the view of the lake.
Prior to the completion of the wood tower, the record holder for the world’s tallest tower made of wood is the student residence located inside Vancouver’s University of British Columbia. It has a height of 53 metres.
A professor working for the built environment department of UNSW, Philip Oldfield, said that there are many advantages in using mass timber when constructing multi-storey buildings. The first benefit is that it is good for the environment. When it comes to environmental footprint, there is no denying that concrete and steel have a huge impact. In fact, cement contributes eight per cent to the carbon emissions around the world. This is the main material used in construction and its carbon footprint is higher than any nation in the planet.
Timber has the capacity to absorb carbon unlike concrete and steel materials which stores carbon in high concentration. This means that the amount of carbon found in the building is much less compared to other materials.
This advantage and more is the reason why timber flooring in Sydney is also favoured compared to any other construction materials currently available in the market.