Timber in construction is not something new, especially here in New Zealand. However, as the world looks for more sustainable ways to meet internationally growing housing requirements, timber is quickly becoming a leading alternative to traditional materials such as concrete and steel.
Timber as construction material is a low-carbon material, Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and this carbon remains stored in the wood even after it’s been harvested. So, using timber products instead of materials like concrete or steel can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, producing timber products requires less energy than producing other building materials, which are generally produced through mining, a well-known high emissions industry.
Timber is easy to work with, making it a popular choice for builders and designers. and it’s also a versatile material, with a range of different species and grades available to suit different applications and it’s growing use cases, such as the recent article below outlines, in high rise buildings.
Take a look at the article below to see how high-rise buildings utilising Timber as a renewable resource are improving the outlook for Forestry.