Implenia, developer of the world’s tallest wooden residential high-rise, belongs in the Timber Finance Index

(Picture: Ina Invest)

Currently, the seventh Swiss timber skyscraper is being planned: Implenia’s “Rocket and Tigerli”, which will be the world’s largest timber residential high-rise (32 floors, total height 100 meters).

The project has received a lot of international attention (CNN, Time Out), as it is a shining example of the leading (Swiss) timber engineering.

What stands out about the “Rocket and Tigerli”?

  • It is the world’s highest ever planned residential high-rise made of timber – total height 100 meters, 32 floors with 255 residential units, 1.5 to 5.5 rooms

The innovative use of timber

  • The project is a “Timber Structure”. Meaning that both the vertical and horizontal loads are transferred exclusively by the timber frame structure. (20min).
  • With this new system, the concrete core is replaced with timber, which results in lighter individual structural beams, allowing for a taller structure. (holzbauaustria.at)
  • The innovative timber construction was developed by Implenia together with ETH Zurich and is specifically designed for high-rise buildings.

Implenia as a timber builder

An overview of Implenia’s latest timber buildings in Switzerland can be found in the Implenia Sustainability Report 2021:

  • The company built the country’s largest-ever timber-built housing project in Winterthur: 8,100 cubic metres of wood were used to make the 307 apartments in the “sue&til” development, and around 80% of this wood was sourced from Swiss forests.
  • At the Lokstadt development, also in Winterthur, Implenia has built a wooden high-rise residential building known as “Krokodil”. Containing 254 apartments, some of them cooperatively owned, this building used 7,700 cubic meters of wood.
  • The next big Implenia timber project is the “KIM” neighbourhood in Oberwinterthur. With the construction of this mixed-use residential and commercial building, with a total of 208 apartments, will require 5,500 cubic meters of wood.

As a result of Implenia’s dedicated timber construction strategy and the operation of one of the largest timber construction divisions in Switzerland, Implenia has been included in the Timber Finance Index.

Implenia in the Timber Finance Index:

  • The Timber Finance Carbon Capture & Storage Index is the world’s first index of the modern forest and timber industry. The index consists of 30 listed equities from Europe and North America.
  • The TFI Index shows a clear outperformance since March 2020 compared to the MSCI World and the S&P Timber and Forest Index as a result of increasing CO2 prices and the rising demand for timber construction.
  • Our analysts rebalance the index on a semi-annual basis. The March 2022 rebalancing report can be found here.
  • More information: Timber Finance Initiative

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