Can Cross-Laminated Timber save the world?

© Waugh Thistleton Architects Anthony Thistleton makes a persuasive case in a new book, 100 Projects UK CLT. A year ago, after listening to Anthony Thistleton of Waugh Thistleton Architects speak, I wondered what’s the best way to build in wood? Should we be using mass timber when alternatives are more efficient in their use of material? Now, Anthony Thistleton answers loud and clear: essentially, yes , and the more, the merrier. He has just published a new book, 100 Projects UK CLT , which shows the phenomenal growth in the use of wood, demonstrated in "100 hundred ground-breaking CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) projects, demonstrating the UK’s leading position in the use of cutting edge technology to develop buildings from precision engineered timber modules." Anthony Thistleton (seen above last year in Toronto) explains: The more we build using CLT, the more carbon we can store and we create a market for timber that will drive re-forestation. Planting more trees is one of the only realistic ways we have of reducing CO2 levels and it will only happen at scale if it is driven by demand. This is a critical time in the fight against irreversible climate change – the widespread […]

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