The world’s first wooden skyscrapers could appear within a decade, says the Centre for Natural Material Innovation.  The centre says recent innovations in engineered timber could bring in an era of sustainable wooden cities and help reverse historic emissions from the construction industry.  The research team based at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Architecture envisage trees supplanting concrete as the predominant building material for cities and addressing climate change and global housing shortages.  “Concrete is about five times heavier than timber, which means more expense for foundations and transport; it’s resource-intensive, and contributes to tremendous carbon dioxide emissions. After water, concrete is the most consumed material by humanity. But now we have an alternative, and it’s plant-based.”

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