Some architects such as Waugh are subsequently arguing for – and pressing forward with – a return to wood as our major constructing materials. Wood from managed forestry truly shops carbon versus emitting it: as bushes grow, they take in CO2 from the ambiance. As a rule of thumb, a cubic meter of wood contains around a tonne of CO2 (roughly, depending on the species of tree) – which is similar to 350 liters of gasoline.
Not only does wood take away more CO2 from the environment than it provides through manufacture; however by replacing carbon-intensive supplies such as concrete or steel, but it also doubles its contribution to lowering CO2. A latest advisory report back to the UK authorities on the uses “Biomass in a low-carbon economy” discovered that “the best levels of [greenhouse gas] abatement from biomass at the moment occur when the wood is used as a development material… to each store carbon and displace excessive carbon cement, brick, and steel.”
Between 15% and 28% of recent houses constructed within the UK yearly use timber frame construction, capturing over a million tonnes of CO2 year as a result. Growing the use of timber in development may triple that quantity, the report concluded. “Savings of an identical magnitude may additionally be possible in the business and industrial sectors by utilizing new engineered wood systems such as cross-laminated timber.”Many CLT factories in Austria are even powered by renewable biomass utilizing the offcuts, branches, and twigs. Some factories produce sufficient electricity to power the surrounding communities.