Timber on top - sustainable buildings at height

The aim of the “Timber on top” project is to improve knowledge about sustainable outwards and upwards extensions to buildings. Players all along the value chain are contributing to the dissemination of knowledge at the various stages of the construction process. Tyréns is contributing know-how and expertise to the focus areas of “digital twin” and “building systems”.

The initial phase of the “Timber on top” project involved a feasibility study to assess opportunities for upwards and outwards extensions to buildings based on the social, economic and technical sustainability aspects. In the second phase, the findings of the study have identified a number of focus areas that will promote new technical solutions, business models and knowledge with a focus on sustainable timber construction.

In the "building systems" focus area, Tyréns participates with knowledge in extensions and evaluation of wooden building systems after application in various project cases.

Tyréns is contributing to the “Digital twin” focus area with its knowledge of architecture and measurement techniques. A property in the town of Sundsvall is serving as a case study for the focus area. The property is being evaluated for extension to create housing. Students from Luleå University of Technology are assisting Tyréns and have developed a densification proposal for the property with the help of generative design and visualisation in real time.

In the next phase, all the material that has been produced will be imported into Tyréns’ visualisation platform, TyrEngine, which uses state-of-the-art graphics technologies from the gaming world to visualise sustainable construction. In the final stage, the solutions will be summarised in a report that presents feasible, innovative solutions.

Timber on top was launched at the end of 2018 and is due to run until the end of 2021. The project is funded by Vinnova and has received financing from the Sven Tyrén Trust. The Swedish Wood Building Centre and Wood City Sweden have the main responsibility for project management and dissemination of knowledge about the project. The research for the project is being conducted by Linköping University, Luleå University of Technology and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

Photo: Jesper Johansson.