Timber potential – the possibilities for modern constructions with timber have not yet been fully exhausted
Klaus Klever, president of the German Association of Architects (Bund der Deutschen Architekten, BDA) said that there is still need for a lot of 'missionary work' in North Rhine-Westphalia. All the options modern construction methods have regarding building with timber have not yet been fully exhausted.04.09.2015
There is enough potential in inner cities for more high-density residential buildings constructed in an uncomplicated way by using this light construction material. Timber could be used very efficiently and very quickly in buildings made in the 1960ies, for instance, which need to be renovated or enlarged.
In a penal discussion after the expert dialogue “Lowtech - Hightech - Timber: Building material with a long tradition, building material with a fabulous future” on 1 September, a representative of the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety stated that the government of NRW finally will sign the model building code for timber constructions which will facilitate the authorisation procedure for buildings of medium height to high-rise building limits. Furthermore, politicians of all parties are positive about a model project such as building a residential district with timber constructions. Project developers and large-scale investors now also show readiness to be more open regarding timber constructions.