Using Wood as Structural Material: Some Environmental Considerations

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by C. K. A. Stieda, Forintek Canada Corp, Vancouver, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Twenty-First Century Timber Engineering

Abstract: Against a background of growing public awareness of the potential dangers of global warming resulting from increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere it is suggested that better criteria for the evaluation of building materials may be the amount of energy embodied in materials and the amount of carbon dioxide produced during their manufacture. Examples of energy requirements and carbon dioxide production taken from the current literature are given and it is suggested that wood is a particularly environmentally friendly building material with respect to embodied energy and carbon dioxide release.

Subject Headings: Carbon dioxide | Construction materials | Wood structures | Public participation | Global warming | Wood |

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