The world’s tallest wood building with 18 storeys and measuring about 174 feet in height has been constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, four months in before the scheduled date. The project is predicted to cost about USD 51.5 million.
The mass wood structure and facade has been completed for University of BC (UBC)’s Brock Commons student residence.The structure, showcasing the benefits of building with wood, was completed under 70 days after the prefabricated components were first delivered to the site. Construction will concentrate on interior elements, with completion expected at the beginning of May 2017 (or four months) faster when compared to a typical project. The building is expected to welcome more than 400 students in September the coming year.
Brock Commons is definitely the first mass concrete, steel and wood hybrid project taller than 14 storeys in the world. The building features a concrete podium and two concrete cores, with 17 storeys of cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns.The cladding for the facade is made with 70 percent wood fibre.
“Wood is increasingly recognised as an important, safe and innovative building material choice,” said UBC President Santa J Ono.Wood is a versatile and sustainable building material that stores, instead of emits, carbon dioxide, the university said in a statement.The impact is a reduction of 2,432 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to other construction materials, the equivalent of taking around 500 cars off the road for a year, the statement said, by using wood.
The property is targeting LEED Gold certification, a rating system that promotes environmental responsibility for building owners and operators. It will exceed required fire ratings and standard seismic safety requirements.