Concrete Concerns

Move over, concrete-and-steel behemoths. There’s a new high-rise on the rise.
Amid growing environmental concerns about concrete, high-tech timber buildings
have shot up in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific. Innovations in timber technology have eroded concerns about their safety, and now Vancouver and Tokyo have both promised to build the world’s tallest wooden tower.
Manufacturing and assembling steel, concrete and brick structures account for up to 30% of fossil fuel consumption; concrete also spurs damaging sand mining, flooding, and higher temperatures.
But Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil warns that a boon in wood buildings must be met with tighter protections against deforestation.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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