Aug
09

2021

Leif Johnson appointed to "Future Potential of Steel-Timber Composite Structures"

By Leif Johnson,
Structural Engineering Director

Leif Johnson, Structural Engineering Director at StructureCraft, has been recently appointed to the steering committee of the “Future Potential of Steel-Timber Composite Structures”, a research project for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The project will study the benefits and potential industry roadblocks for advancing hybrid steel-timber structures in high-rise buildings, including embodied carbon and cost implications.

“I’m very excited and honored to help contribute to what I believe is the future of high-rise buildings. Typically, the best structural solution in high-rise structures uses a mix of materials, where each structural component is engineered with the most efficient material. This hybrid, material-agnostic approach is also likely the one with the least amount of carbon given the intelligent use of steel and timber and finding creative ways for the two materials to work together. I hope my contributions will advance the industry so that these hybrid systems are cost-effective and constructible.”

– Leif Johson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

The research project will also involve collecting examples of built projects and providing recommendations based on lessons learned. Leif joins a group from across Europe, Canada, and the United States to ensure a global perspective.

Leif is also on the steering committee for the CTBUH’s “Future Timber City: An Awareness and Educational Program for Future, Sustainable, Dense Cities” which aims to accelerate research and advancement of mass timber buildings in our cities.

More information can be found here.