Windows and solar panels could be made of wood in the future – one of the best and cheapest building materials, according Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology. KTH researchers originally developed optically transparent wood for “microscopic samples in the study of wood anatomy”. However, the new transparent wood material is also suitable for mass production.
Work on erecting the largest timber framed structure of its type in Europe has begun in Leeds as part of the latest phase of the City’s new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility.
The timber frame is one of several sustainable features incorporated into the design of the project, which when completed next summer will divert more than 200,000 tonnes of household waste from landfill and use the remaining unrecyclable material to generate electricity.
Researchers have presented plans for London’s first timber skyscraper to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
The conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden building integrated within the Barbican, have been drawn up by researchers from Cambridge University’s department of architecture, working with PLP Architecture and engineers Smith and Wallwork.
The proposals currently being developed would create over 1,000 new residential units in a 1 million ft2 mixed-use tower and mid-rise terraces in central London, integrated within the Barbican.