Wooden towers could have lower carbon footprint than those of steel

06/5/2013 | Inhabitat · Archinect

Tall buildings constructed of timber have the potential to reduce their carbon footprint by 75%, according to a report by the design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The report, sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board, found that the mass timber frame of a 42-story building "with concrete only at certain stress points, such as the joints, would result in a perfectly sound structure that requires zero steel, and much less concrete than a comparable building." SOM said "the proposed system is technically feasible from the standpoint of structural engineering, architecture, interior layouts and building services."

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