María Eugenia Velásquez
In a world dominated by concrete and steel, wood is rapidly making its way as a sustainable material over time, with a negative carbon footprint and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, which is why wood is being referred to as the material of the future.
OK, I have to admit that my point of view can be a bit unbiased and that is why I have referred to the facts - and not my opinion - to address this issue. Read on 😉 😉.
Wood has a number of characteristics that make it one of the most sustainable building materials available today. Here are some of them:
Currently, most buildings are constructed with two materials: steel and concrete. Both have very good construction properties, but both require a lot of energy and emit high amounts of greenhouse gases in their production. Steel accounts for about 3% of global emissions, while concrete accounts for more than 5%.
The growing need to reduce carbon emissions has led the construction sector to look for more environmentally friendly material alternatives, and this is where timber shines. This material, used for centuries for construction, was long displaced by steel and concrete, but its return is imminent.
Thanks to new industrialised building technologies, and advances in the production of stronger wood panels, the possibilities for building with wood are almost endless. This, combined with the characteristics I mentioned earlier, make this material the smartest option for moving forward without compromising the environment.
This is demonstrated by most of the new building projects being planned around the world:
Right now, the main challenge is to come up with technologies that make it possible to build skyscrapers with wood. Many companies are working on this, so we are sure that this will soon become a reality.
There are many companies with their sights set on wood, and the innovations being worked on are truly incredible. I'll share a few with you:
Having read this article, what do you think - is wood the material of the future? We think so.
If you're thinking of building a passive wooden house, schedule a video call with us and let's start shaping your project.
In this article, we will debunk some of the most common myths and explain why wood remains a popular and reliable choice for construction.Read more
We talk about prefabricated houses, what they are, what are their advantages and what are their pros and cons depending on the construction materials chosen.Read more