Written by Jenni Marsh, CNN
A Tokyo skyscraper is set to become the world''s exterior, connecting the building to its environment.
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The Japanese government is trying to encourage more developers to use wood. In 2010, it passed the Promotion of Use of Wood in Public Buildings Act, which required all government buildings up to three stories high to be constructed with wood, or to utilize wood.
Spreading like wildfire
It isn''s tallest timber tower, at 164 feet tall. The 18-story Brock Commons Tallwood House, a student residence, topped out last year at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, and has been dubbed the world''s tallest timber. It took that title in 2014 from the 10-story, 104-feet-high Forte residential block, which overlooks Melbourne''s Department of Architecture. It''s first wooden skyscraper. At 1,000 feet tall, it would only be overshadowed in London by The Shard.
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New types of ultra-strong timber are partly driving the trend for wooden buildings. "" says Dr Michael Ramage, of the Center for Natural Material Innovation at Cambridge University.
Cross-laminated timber, for example, sees thin layers of wood placed across one another at right angles, and laminated with fire-resistant glue to create a stronger weave.
But it''s burning?
Obviously, when it comes to wooden buildings, there''s fire standards of regular steel and concrete buildings. His center has been awarded £250,000 ($353,785) from the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK to research timber construction techniques, such as fire proofing.
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Wood, he says, burns predictably. Therefore, fire engineers can calculate how large a block of wood is needed to provide a protective layer to sustain a building for a certain period of time.
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A series of blazes at Dubai skyscrapers in recent years have highlighted that it isn''t we meant to be saving the rainforest?
The other potential problem with using wood is the depletion of our forests. According to the World Wildlife Organization, up to 58,000 square miles of forest are lost each year -- that''s most beautiful, iconic buildings. And they haven't fallen victim to rot.
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