All new public buildings in France must be at least 50 per cent wood

As the French governments push for sustainable urban development, all new public buildings financed by the state must contain at least 50 per cent wood, reported TTJ.

The local government in Paris had already pledged a greater use of wood in new structures for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where all Olympic buildings up to eight storeys high must be of all-timber construction.

“There is no reason that what is possible for the Olympics should not also be possible for ordinary buildings.” said Julien Denormandie, minister for cities and housing. “I am imposing on all the public entities that depend on me and which manage development to construct buildings with material that is at least 50 per cent wood or from bio-sourced material.”


The Hyperion projected is expected to be completed in 2021 (Image credit: Viguier)

Bordeaux will soon see the completion of France’s tallest all-timber construction with the 16-storey, 57m tall building named Hyperion and designed by Jean Paul Viguier. It will have a concrete core housing the lifts and stairs, but supported by a wooden post-and-beam structure. Floors and walls will be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT).