Timber could still have a big role to play in buildings of the future

Timber could still have a big role to play in buildings of the future

From concrete and steel to bricks and bamboo, the materials used to construct the buildings people live and work in are wide and varied.As technolog

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From concrete and steel to bricks and bamboo, the materials used to construct the buildings people live and work in are wide and varied.

As technology develops at a rapid pace it’s perhaps counterintuitive to think that timber, a material which has been used in buildings for thousands of years, could have a role to play in the future. The reality, however, is a little different.

In Vancouver, Canada, timber has played a crucial part in the construction of a building called Ronald McDonald House. Opened in 2014 and located within the grounds of the BC Children’s Hospital, it provides accommodation for the families of children being treated for serious illnesses.

The building was designed by Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and its founder and principal told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy that it used a material called cross-laminated timber, or CLT.

“And what it is, is taking small pieces of wood, gluing them together at right angles to each other to make these giant panels, ten feet wide, sixty feet long, massive panels,” Michael Green explained.

“And what that does, by making them so big, is it allows us to tilt-up and build this building very quickly, very…



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