Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

The seeds of Andrew Waugh’s great disruption were planted in 2003.

“Back then, people were saying we could ‘fix’ climate change by putting a solar panel on top of everything we built,” he remembered. “But we knew that wasn’t even close to enough.”

So Waugh’s East London architectural firm started studying mass timber, knowing it was the truly renewable building material – albeit largely unknown and untested in large-scale developments.