Comment | Published:

Wood: a construction material for tall buildings

Nature Reviews Materials volume 2, Article number: 17051 (2017) | Download Citation

Wood has great potential as a building material, because it is strong and lightweight, environmentally friendly and can be used in prefabricated buildings. However, only changes in building codes will make wood competitive with steel and concrete.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Author information


  1. University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, British Columbia V2N 4Z9, Canada.

    • Guido Wimmers


  1. Search for Guido Wimmers in:

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Guido Wimmers.

About this article

Publication history



Further reading

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing