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Timber Houses Could Save The Environment
Housing a growing population in homes created of wood instead of steel and concrete could avoid more than 100 billion tons of emissions of greenhouse gas CO2 until 2100, a study by the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows.
Abhijeet Mishra, a scientist from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and lead author of the study published in Nature Communications spoke about the study, "More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, and by 2100 this number will increase significantly. This means more homes will be built with steel and concrete, most of which have a serious carbon footprint," he continued. "But we have an alternative: We can house the new urban population in mid-rise buildings – that is 4 to 12 stories – made out of wood."
How Would These Timber Houses Operate
Creating timber houses would increase timber harvests, while it could also preserve the most valuable forests. However, questions regarding how the homes would hold up to severe weather or if they could be protected against bug infestations exist.
Despite those questions, there isn't a reason why timber constructions couldn't be used to lower emissions.