Multistorey Timber Construction – A Feasibility Study

Warwick Banks B.E., Civil, NZCE., Civil, Associate Director, Holmes Consulting Group, Auckland – NZ

Multi-storey Timber construction took a quantum leap forward in New Zealand post 1992. This is when the New Zealand Building Code was introduced with the removal of the restriction on the number of storeys which could be built in timber. Since then, buildings have been built up to 5 storeys in height, within New Zealand, but construction of buildings beyond this size has not been forthcoming.

This paper attempts to explore some of the possible reasons behind why multi-storey timber construction appears to have reached its limit, and suggests some methods as to provide the impetus for another quantum leap in multi-storey timber construction.

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