Volume 23, no.11 – November 2015
Sustainable timber design has economic, environmental and social benefits
In many ways the Great Fire of London in 1666 established the decidedly negative perceptions of wood as a construction material in our towns and cities that, for many people, have carried on to this day.
Unnecessary waste in all three areas is still very much the norm, with the construction industry internationally remaining one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollution. The story is not all bad, but a sea change is required in both attitudes and knowledge within the industry if we are to avoid the soon-to-occur 2º increase in global temperatures that scientists predict will radically - and detrimentally - alter the way we live on planet earth.