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Mass timber journal editor in Chicago project joining timber and steel

Paul Kremer

Mass Timber Construction Journal founder/editor-in-chief, podcast host and global mass timber industry expert, Paul Kremer, has been appointed to the steering committee for an innovative project with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) based in Chicago. Source: Timberbiz

The project will see the development of a research program examining the benefits of using mass timber (CLT) in concert with structural steel for the realisation of a hybrid solution for high-rise buildings.

Mr Kremer is joined on the steering committee by several industry stalwarts from the global mass timber sector from the UK, Canada, US and Europe who collectively will guide the research project.

The new project is called “The Future Potential of Steel-Timber Composite Structures,” and will examine the design, life cycle, environmental, and market benefits of using a hybrid steel-timber composite solution in construction.

The project is funded by a grant from constructsteel, the steel construction market development program of the World Steel Association. The project website defines the objectives of the project as;

  • To capture the current state‐of‐the‐art and full potential of steel‐timber composite structures in high‐rise buildings, globally, as a means of clarifying the full benefits of steel‐timber composite construction for the tall building industry. Common characteristics and drivers will be published and promoted, to guide and influence the future of the building industry, underscoring the value proposition of the steel-timber hybrid. Through this in‐depth assessment of the design, cost, environmental, and market benefits of using steel‐timber composite structures, a significant Research Report publication will be produced, serving as a precedent reference for stakeholders.

“The growing demand for more sustainable construction solutions has coalesced into hybrid solutions. Using the right material in the best place for the maximum effectiveness in design/construction is the future f or buildings,” Mr Kremer said.

Mr Kremer is currently involved in another project called the “Future Timber City: An Awareness and Educational Program for Future, Sustainable, Dense Cities” which seeks to provide a framework for better understanding the character and dimensions of a future mass-timber city and help to make it a reality.

“I am very pleased to have been invited onto the committee with my fellow international colleagues. The project is a testament to the CTBUH’s approach to global construction research and development. This is the second project I am involved with through the CTBUH and I am very pleased to continue a significant contribution to the hybrid project,” he said.

The project started in July and is expected to be completed in June 2023.