[box_dark]Wood is the new ‘concrete’[/box_dark]
The efforts to save the environment are growing by the day across the globe and one such effort is to use wood instead of concrete as a building material. Concrete and steel are undoubtedly more preferred options by most of the architects but lets face it that they are not helpful to the environment. Wood, on the other hand is eco friendly and the architects now-a-days are thinking of new techniques to use wood in the building process. Cutting trees to build buildings does not sound very environment friendly too, does it? although if the wood supply to make buildings is obtained from a well handled forest then using wood in building process does not sound that bad.
Why use wood instead of concrete? This basic question needs to be answered in order to explain this entire discussion. Wooden buildings block the carbon dioxide while the concrete structures release a lot of carbon dioxide in the environment. The architects committed to save the environment around the world are busy with formulating a plan to use wood as one of the major building materials instead of concrete and steel and here are some examples of high-rises that have been built using wood in different parts of the world.
[box_dark]Wooden high-rises: the eco friendly future of the modern construction[/box_dark]
A wooden office of eight storeys was constructed very recently in Austria and another nine storey residential apartments were built in London using wood and the construction of both these buildings clearly shows that wood is rapidly taking the place of concrete in the building procedure. Not just wood alone but wood along with concrete is also being utilized by the architects in Austria as they have made a building in Dornbirn which is constructed by both concrete and wood.
This hybrid building in Austria consist of a concrete centre which houses its various utilities and lifts and layers of wood were used to manufacture the solid panels off site. The building has a strong concrete foundation and the vertical posts made from glue laminated wood extend support to the floor panels manufactured from both wood and concrete. Small portions of wood are used to make strong structural elements which will avoid compression in a much better manner than concrete. Another good feature about them is that their weight is much less and they are highly sustainable.
In order to make excellent buildings it is very important to follow a certain procedure and not just do anything that looks right at the moment. A step wise process like used by car manufacturers to make cars and by computer companies to create computers is required in building great buildings. Architects from all over the world are trying very hard and competing with one another to create wooden skyscrapers that have no comparison whatsoever. There are many buildings whose construction has begun in various parts of the world and all of these will be constructed out of eco friendly wood instead of the harmful concrete.
Innovative wood products like the CLT or cross laminated timber are widely used by the builders to make strong buildings. CLT is primarily boards of wood glued with one another and together they make a strong wooden product that is able to bear the weight of floors and walls. The idea of using wood as a building material is growing on architects across the globe and with favorable examples of buildings made from wood showing up every now and then has transformed this into a latest trend that can have really positive results on the environment.