Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Second CTBUH Tall Timber Buildings Working Group Meeting
May 8, 2015
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BERLIN – The second meeting of the CTBUH Tall Timber Buildings Working Group was held at the ARUP Office on May 8, 2015. The day before, attendants had the opportunity to visit the C13 Building, the latest timber project from Kaden Klingbeil.

The meeting began with a discussion on effectively defining the parameters with which to categorize a Tall Timber Building, taking into specific issues related to context (including historical and cultural differences in city-planning) and existing building regulations.
The advantages of hybrid-timber building as compared with pure-timber building (including acoustical insulation, Fire-safety issues, and vibrations) were noted and considered, while concerns for the technical, industrial, and economic feasibility of Tall Timber Buidlings were also discussed.

Meeting attendees concluded that the main focus for the upcoming months will be the completion and implementation of the “Roadmap to Tall Timber Buildings,” a necessary teaching tool for the widespread diffusion of knowledge about the use of timber materials in tall buildings. This document will also serve to establish the basis for future research grant applications.
C13 Building timber project by Kaden Klingbeil.
At the same time, the group is writing a Tall Timber Buildings Design Manual (TTBDM), a comprehensive guide that takes into careful consideration various issues related to Tall Timber Building from different points of view. The TTBDM is designed to be a useful instrument not just for designers but also for developers and any other potential stakeholders involved in the realization of a Tall Timber Building project. The early scheme of the manual (chapters, issues to solve, contributors, etc.) was decided during the meeting.