Designing timber buildings for longevity

Author: James Walker and James Norman

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8 November 2021

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Designing timber buildings for longevity

The Structural Engineer
Author

James Walker and James Norman

Date published

8 November 2021

Author

James Walker and James Norman

Price

Standard: £9
Members/Subscribers: Free

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This article explains how designing for adaptability, durability, and deconstruction and reconstruction or end of life can produce long-lasting, resilient timber buildings that act as a carbon store.

Synopsis

The urgent need to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to address the climate crisis has brought the embodied energy of building designs under the spotlight. Using timber in construction can lock CO2 into a building’s structure, helping to reduce upfront carbon emissions, but only for as long as the building remains in use. This article explains how designing for adaptability, durability, and deconstruction and reconstruction or end of life can produce long-lasting, resilient timber buildings that act as a carbon store.

Additional information

Format:
PDF
Pages:
4
Publisher:
Institution of Structural Engineers

Tags

Timber Climate change Adaptability Construction management Technical Issue 11

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