The Newest Green Building Material Is One of the Oldest: Wood

Can Wood be a Green Building Material?

While using timber construction to save the environment sounds counterintuitive, an increasing number of timber buildings constructed in the United States in the last few years are proving otherwise.

Construction is typically one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. According to the recent Global Status report, building and construction are responsible for more than 35% of all carbon emissions in the world, 40% in the United States. This number is estimated to nearly double by 2050 as millions of housing and commercial buildings are constructed each year.

To combat such construction emissions, real estate developers and construction companies turn to wood to sequester carbon and enable sustainable housing projects.



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