This new green building revolution utilizes timber to build skyscrapers and it has helped to create fewer carbon emissions. There is advancement in the use of plywood to build ‘plyscrapers.’
The new way plywood is created is the secret to the success of these plyscrapers. Plywood is now made by laminating wood together with glue at 90° angles. The new green building revolution embraces the use of environmentally-friendly materials to build skyscrapers.
This technology has changed the whole face of timber as a construction material. It’s a huge leap forward in terms of strength [paired with] massive advances [in fire safety.]Roma Agrawal
The CLT and mass-timber technology were responsible for the development of buildings like the Terrace House in Vancouver (19 stories), the Ascent in Milwaukee (25 stories), the HoHo in Vienna (24 story), and the Mjøstårnet in Norway.
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Typically, trees don’t always reserve carbon, and they always don’t absorb more carbon than they produce. Storms can uproot trees and expose their roots to decay.
However, when a tree gets to a certain age, it will have absorbed a lot of carbon. By transforming that tree into mass timber, the carbon wouldn’t be able to escape via natural processes.
“Trees store carbon, so if you harvest them at the right age when they can’t absorb much more or grow much further, then it’s a better solution to use them as a building material.Voll Architecture’s Øystein Elgsaas