Wood is Good for Green Building
✔ Wood is a renewable, durable, cost-effective, reusable, recycleable and biodegrabable resource
✔ Using wood products from responsibly managed forests is key to keeping forests healthy and intact
✔ Wood combats climate change by storing carbon and providing clean air
Wood products make up 47% of all industrial raw materials made, yet consume only 4% of the energy consumed by all industrial materials. The production and processing of wood uses much less energy than most other building materials, giving wood products a significantly lower carbon footprint. Wood can be used instead of other materials that require larger amounts of fossil fuels to be produced. In addition, wood products store the carbon that the growing trees have removed from the air.
Compared to wood, it takes:
✔ 5 times more energy to produce one ton of cement
✔ 14 times more energy to produce one ton of glass
✔ 25 times more energy to produce one ton of steel
✔ 126 times more energy to produce one ton of aluminum
To effectively tackle climate change we must remove carbon from the atmosphere as well as reduce new carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Wood achieves both of these.
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary. Click on image to see video.