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The hottest new thing in sustainable building is...wood

Sustainable Wooden Building Materials

Summary

Explains how wood as an eco-friendly building material is becoming more mainstream.

Perspectives and insights

  • A new way of using wood has put the material back in the spotlight - structural timber. The world’s tallest mass timber structure, at 18 stories and over 280 feet, was recently built in Norway..
  • Large, solid, compressed masses of wood are actually quite difficult to ignite. In the case of fire, the outer layer of mass timber will tend to char in a predictable way that effectively self-extinguishes and shields the interior.
  • Cement and concrete manufacturing alone are responsible for around 8 percent of global GHG emissions.
  • Mass timber buildings are roughly 25% faster to construct than concrete buildings and require 90% less construction traffic.