Use of Mass Timber in the Construction and Design

Şahin N., Parlak Biçer Z. Ö., Düğenci O.

The 8th International Project and Construction Management Conference, İstanbul, Turkey, 6 - 08 June 2024, pp.419-426

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.419-426
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Timber has historically played a pivotal role in architecture, valued for its ease of processing, sustainability, and structural qualities. Despite being overshadowed by concrete and steel in recent years, timber is making a global comeback due to its sustainability, lightweight nature, and earthquake resistance. Additionally, timber acts as a carbon sink, emitting minimal carbon, further enhancing its relevance in contemporary architecture amidst global climate agreements and recycling initiatives. Timber contributes to healthier indoor environments by influencing architectural design, especially in the context of biophilic design principles. For this reason, it is believed that combining the basic features of earthquake-resistant traditional timber architecture and the advanced features of mass timber in the design of modern timber structures will have an important place in the future. In this study, the significance of mass timber in architectural design has been explored within the context of biophilic design criteria, addressing the importance of incorporating mass timber in architecture. The advantages and disadvantages of using mass timber in construction and design are highlighted, and the impact of contemporary timber construction techniques is discussed.