Multi-storey timber buildings: A renaissance in timber construction

The ever-increasing range of engineered wood products and systems is generating global interest and drive for greater innovation in new on-site and prefabricated building solutions. At the same time, more people are realising the benefits of timber construction for multi-storey buildings, causing a resurgence in its use.

The use of timber in multi-storey residential and commercial timber buildings is not something new. It has a relatively long history and in fact, it was one of the only choices available in Australia up until the early 20th Century. This can be observed from the number of permanent timber structures such as existing industrial warehouses from the 1800s and residential buildings. The popularity of timber construction at this time can be attributed to the widespread availability of both high-quality native hardwoods and framing material manufactured by softwood plantations.