The case for wooden skyscrapers is not barking

An Economist article on tall wood construction emphasized wood’s long history as construction material due to its aesthetic qualities, weight and low carbon footprint. The article mentioned a five-storey pagoda in the Nara prefecture of Japan, which is thought to be at least 1,400 years old; a 14-storey block of flats in Norway; and UBC’s 18-storey wooden dormitory, Brock Commons, which is expected to be completed in 2017.