Check any newsstand and you’ll see headlines filled with concern over the environment. And it’s not just scientists who are alarmed; even Rolling Stone magazine weighed in with a recent article warning us about the dire consequences of our carbon emissions. Is it too late? Can wood construction do anything to help save our planet?
As we work to make CLT a material of choice, we also need to consider the human side of the equation. How will increased demand for wood impact economies, mills and the people who work in them?
As wood use grows, particularly for commercial and multi-family construction, so does the potential impact on North American forests. Can we meet increased demand while continuing to manage our forests in a sustainable manner?
Across North America, we’re seeing growing interest in using wood for commercial construction—it’s a renaissance of sorts, driven by a number of factors. More focus on sustainability, evolving building codes, more knowledge about wood’s capabilities and access to innovative products – allowing us to build higher, finish faster and reduce cost.