For many decades in the construction industry, the concept of "skyscraper" is firmly associated with another concept - "concrete". Indeed, the vast majority of high-rise buildings around the world are still built from this material. However, the "concrete" monopoly may come to an end sooner or later.
Plyscrapers are skyscrapers made entirely of wood, or rather CLT panels. They consist of coniferous lamellas glued together, somewhat reminiscent of plywood, only much thicker. The lamellas are located perpendicular to each other, which makes them stronger than concrete. CLT panels are fire resistant: even with strong flames, they only carbonize.
The panels are bolted together to create a strong, rigid structure, which significantly reduces construction time, material and financial costs.
Forte Project, Australia
Another undoubted plus of plyscrapers is their environmental friendliness. As you know, the production of concrete is accompanied by significant emissions of CO 2, while wood, on the contrary, absorbs it.
Treet Project, Norway
The benefits of plyscrapers are increasingly clear, but regulatory barriers are hampering their mass construction. In particular, in the United States, SNiPs of some states prohibit the construction of wooden buildings above a certain height. When these technical regulations are updated, entire cities of wooden skyscrapers could appear in North America.
Brock Commons, Canada (tallest wooden building in the world)