Interest in the use of timber in the built environment is growing rapidly, from helping us to reduce the environmental impact of construction to providing new approaches to urban densification and prefabrication.

New uses and hybrid materials are emerging that could transform how and where we choose to build, and the sustainability and resilience of our designs.

This report considers the trends, technologies and new uses that are supporting a resurgence in this most ancient of building materials. Supported by historic precedents and recent global exemplars, Rethinking Timber Buildings examines seven different perspectives on the use of timber in building design and construction. It aims to consider a range of implications – including speed, quality, safety and human experience – relevant to anyone who has a stake in the materials we choose to build with.

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Rethinking Timber Buildings