Tomorrow's Timber cover Timber has evolved from a traditional building material to ‘mass timber’, an engineered high-performance product from which complete construction systems and even high-rise buildings can be made. Mass timber has the potential to usher in a revolution in the way we build. Abundantly illustrated, Tomorrow’s Timber covers topics based on the latest scientific insights and statistics. Also included are inspiring case studies from all over the world, which show that the mass timber revolution has already begun.


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“What a great book!
I get quite a lot of books on timber.. but this one is outstanding!”

Andrew Waugh – Waugh Thistleton Architects


In Tomorrow’s Timber, new timber innovations are explored, including the materials, products, elements and complete building systems, providing context for this emerging shift in design and construction. Inspiring case studies worldwide show that the mass timber revolution is happening as we speak. Tomorrow’s Timber contextualizes the challenges and how forests and mass timber can help solve our global problems by mitigating climate change while supporting the move to a less resource dependent, circular bio-based economy. Finally, the book tackles real mass timber design opportunities and challenges on building and site level, before providing a promising outlook towards the future.

Tomorrow’s Timber is an informative and important resource for those committed to restoring our balance with the planet while serving the necessities of humankind.

Michael Green (Tall timber pioneer)
Ted Talk

Table of contents

  1. Required transition to a bio-based economy
  2. Forests, forest products and climate change
  3. Wood basics
  4. Timber’s evolution – From past to present to future
  5. Designing and building with mass timber
  6. Future outlook – Tomorrow’s timber

Slide Accoya is a revolution in modified dimensionally stable wood, delivering remarkable levels of performance. A product made to last. Read more Slide PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems. As an international non-profit, non-governmental organization, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. Read more Slide Lüning stands for unique wooden structures and innovative wooden structures. Our goal is to beautify public space and make the construction sector and society more sustainable. Wood offers unprecedented possibilities in this; in terms of aesthetics, construction and real durability. Read more Slide The true value of forests is recognized and fully incorporated into society worldwide. FSC is the leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend toward sustainable use, conservation, restoration, and respect for all. Read more Slide Using state-of-the-art technology and standardized processes, the DERIX Group processes certified wood into a load-bearing, flexible building material, from which it produces exceptional glulam timber roof constructions and large-sized, solid X-LAM components for its customers. Read more

Lead Author

Architectural engineer Pablo van der Lugt (MSc PhD) is senior sustainability consultant in the wood- and bamboo industry as well as lecturer biobased building at Delft University of Technology (Environmental Technology & Design).

In the vision of van der Lugt in the essential transition towards a more bio-based, circular economy there are tremendous opportunities for the next generation of regrowable materials (mass timber, modified wood, engineered bamboo, etc) to substitute carbon intensive, non renewable materials such as aluminium, steel, PVC and concrete.

Van der Lugt is the author of 5 books on biobased building, including Booming Bamboo (2017), also published by Material District, and regularly publishes his research findings in popular magazines and scientific journals.

Van der Lugt is a highly demanded speaker following several formats, ranging from TED and Pecha Kucha talks, to keynote presentations at high-level international conferences, including the International Climate Conference in Paris, COP 21 and COP 24 in Katowice Poland (2018).


Engineer Atto Harsta (MSc) is an independent innovation consultant for the building industry and architecture with more than twenty years’ experience, focused on contributing to a healthy and circular built environment.

“Tomorrow’s Timber is a wonderful compilation of the best and brightest happening in wood today. Wood and organic materials are essential materials to tackle climate change. The thoughtful and innovative use as explored throughout the book help inform and energize this important topic

Michael Green – Tall timber pioneer

Keynote Pablo van der Lugt

Publication Information

ISBN: 978-90-82755-2-3-7
Paperback: 192 pages

Published: September, 2020
Available in: English

Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Jeroen van Oostveen


Tomorrow’s Timber Talks

The Tomorrow’s Timber Talks are an initiative of our partner PEFC to inspire architects, designers, construction developers, builders and policymakers to update on the latest developments with wood and wood products for construction.

The Tomorrow’s Timber Talks workshops can be provided at your office or, if desired, at another location. Talks are given by wood-biobased experts Dr. ir. Pablo van der Lugt (TU Delft / Green Matters) and ir. Atto Harsta (Aldus bouwinnovatie / Bouwcampus).

Tomorrow’s Timber

What we can do for you

Be amazed about what Timber can do for you! We are happy to share our knowledge and network with you towards a more sustainable world.

Tomorrow's Timber Lecture

Wood/bamboo expert Pablo van der Lugt has lectured all around the world. Next time at your event?

Tomorrow's Timber Exhibition

The curated MaterialDistrict Expo “Tomorrow’s Timber” could be the star of your show or event!

Timber Consultancy

Take advantage of the knowledge of Lead-author Pablo van der Lugt and/or Co-author Atto Harstra