Studies show that climate change will reach a tipping point where the negative impacts are “irreversible” in the next ten years or less. The built environment is accountable for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions through the energy it uses & the carbon emitted to create it. The carbon in these buildings persist into the atmosphere for 50-200 years. The article attached by Think Wood is focused on describing buildings as “carbon banks,” with logic that building components would need to sequester more carbon emissions throughout their lifetime than they emit. This new mindset completely changes the process architecture & construction. It places a larger emphasis on the entire life cycle of building & site materials. Raw materials such as mass timber reduces emissions & sequesters carbon on a high level.
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