DGBW: Is Cross-Laminated Timber the New Concrete?

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By the Hungarian Green Building Council

What if there was an innovative building material that can store carbon and create structures that can withstand earthquakes? It's lightweight yet strong.

You do not have to imagine from now on. Join us at the Green Talk and discover the cross-laminated timber, a groundbreaking building solution, "CLT" for short. It can take the place of concrete in buildings, inside and out.

We usually design and build with concrete, but the carbon footprint of concrete is enormous compared to that of wood. For every cubic meter of concrete made, one ton of CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere. There is no chance of CO2 storage in concrete and steel buildings, but CLT creates a circular carbon cycle. The cycle begins in managed forests where foresters plant trees to grow, cut and replace them. The trees in the forests naturally store carbon, and when they are cut down and used to construct buildings, they continue to store it in the structure. Even when wooden buildings reach their end of life, they continue to store carbon, where they can be disassembled and reused, or even disposed of in a well-managed landfill.

Economically, CLT buildings are a win for communities. Growing trees, making 2-by-6s in a sawmill, sending the lumber to a CLT manufacturer, sending the CLT panels to a machining company to make the holes for doors, windows, pipes and more, if that's all done locally, it can result in a huge economic benefit. With both direct and indirect jobs created, the multiplier effect in the comparison clearly shows CLT to have a better economic benefit than the concrete building.

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Part of the anniversary edition of Dutch Green Building Week

This activity is part of the anniversary edition of the Dutch Green Building Week. The tenth edition of the week will take place from September 21 to September 25. #MadeinHolland is the theme of the week, with which Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and its partners will put the Netherlands on the international map.

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