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Insights for DWC 2023 – Part 1

This year, the DWC 2023 event will bring together notable speakers who are able to deliver powerful message related to use of wood, sustainability, circularity in building construction sector and city planning in a way that will ensure the event creates significant impact in this era of climate change mitigation strategies.

Learn more about our speakers from different sessions and their insights below.


Session 1 – Low Carbon Future with Wood

The State of Tall Timber in 2023, and its Future Potential

In just a few years, the number of tall buildings with mass-timber hybrid construction has greatly increased. Given the market trajectory of building materials for tall buildings, it is likely that mass timber will be a critical building component for cities of the near future. It is incumbent upon government and the leaders of the timber industry to accelerate research in this field. It is also established that timber will need to act in symbiosis with other materials to achieve greater heights in the future.

Based on these principles, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has conducted two overlapping research projects from 2020 to 2023: “Future Timber City: An Awareness and Educational Program for Future, Sustainable, Dense Cities,” funded by the USDA Forest Service and Binational Softwood Lumber Council; and “The Future Potential of Steel-Timber Hybrid Buildings,” funded by constructsteel and the Softwood Lumber Board.

This presentation reports the findings of both projects, capturing the current state of the art and the full potential of mass timber high-rises in general, as well as steel-timber hybrid structures specifically. Topics include a global audit of the composition of mass timber high-rises by geography, function and structural type, as well as life-cycle cost and carbon analyses of several representative structural schemes and floor assembly designs.

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About the speaker

Daniel Safarik is Director, Research and Thought Leadership at CTBUH. His responsibilities include providing high-level directional oversight for the Council’s research functions, data studies, topical publications, and dedicated tall building database. Additional responsibilities include the development of content for CTBUH publications, particularly the CTBUH Journal. Safarik interfaces directly with the CTBUH Chief Executive Officer to identify topics and areas in need of detailed exploration and research, then engages analysts, writing staff, and production/digital team members to execute projects using clear operational workflows.

Safarik has co-authored or co-edited numerous of the Council’s recent technical publications.

He served as the Director of the China Office of CTBUH at Tongji University, Shanghai, from 2015 to 2017, spearheading the Council’s efforts to expand influence and membership in China.

Trained as an architect and a journalist, Safarik was the director of marketing for Brooks + Scarpa Architects (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects) from 2008 to 2011. Safarik reported on technology or edited for business publications for 16 years, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist Group, Fast Company, Advanced Trading, Individual Investor, and others.

Safarik has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon.


The second international Drivers for Wood Construction event will be held in Joensuu 15.-16.5.2023 with the theme Holistic Approach Towards Sustainable Wood Construction.


Drivers of Wood Construction 2023 event organized by the Karelia University of Applied Sciences
in cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland, University of Eastern Finland and European Forest Institute.


 Main Partners and Sponsor

Ministry of the Environment,  Wood Building Programme

Puuinfo Ltd.

RothoBlaas SRL

City of Joensuu