Why a 105-storey zero-carbon Hybrid Timber Tower prototype fuels our optimism that we can decarbonize our cities.
DIALOG's Chair, Jim Anderson, was recently featured in Canadian Architect, discussing our innovative zero carbon hybrid wood supertall tower proposal:
Over the past year, DIALOG have been designing a prototype for a supertall zero-carbon hybrid timber tower; we’re calling it the Beacon of Hope. At 105 stories, the Hybrid Timber Tower (HTT) would be the tallest building in Canada; it would also be one of the most sustainable.
The HTT features façade-integrated photovoltaics (PV) and a natural gas-fired district energy system combined with an innovative algae bioreactor to reduce operational carbon to zero. A patent-pending, prefabricated, composite Hybrid Timber Floor System (HTFS) combined with a diagrid steel structure and concrete core slashes embodied carbon almost in half compared with an all-steel-and-concrete system. The HTT would contain 14 times as much mass timber as the current world record-holding tall wood building. For a structure of this scale, we consider it a huge design achievement.