As the push to use materials which are friendlier to the environment and safer, faster, easier and less costly to build with gathers pace, a movement toward more extensive use of timber as a structural material in commercial and multi-residential buildings in Australia continues to expand.

Throughout the world, designers working with timber on multi-storey buildings are reaching for the sky. In May, Vancouver architect Michael Green unveiled a proposal for the world’s tallest timber building in Paris. The 35-storey tower, known as Baobab, would comprise a mix of market and social housing, a student hotel…