Architect devises ‘woodscraper’ to save energy

Wooden skyscraper

An architect has designed a 30-storey wooden skyscraper for Vancouver following research into ways to save energy.

Michael Green’s tower was inspired by the sheer amount of energy required to create the materials for a building – most of which must be sourced from long distances.

He concluded that Canadian forests, if well managed, can produce an abundance of raw materials to build cities.


The primary structure of his design is made from laminated strand lumber beams instead of steel.

Beams are made from strips of smaller wood fibres that are glued and set under pressure.

Green stated that a wooden tower is not a fire hazard as large timbers develop a charred exterior that insulates the structural wood underneath.

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