This article, done by CNN, talks about many of the benefits of the incredible product, cross-laminated timber (CLT). When comparing CLT’s to their competitors (steel and concrete), not only are they stronger, faster to put up, and even safer in the event of a fire, they also have the ability to sequester a large amount of CO2 emissions. The article explains that construction makes up about 40% of the world’s energy consumption and about a third of the green-house gas emissions. The production and use of concrete emits a large amount of carbon while trees will absorb it. Once a tree dies, the carbon that it has absorbed then gets released, but when using the wood for CLT’s, the carbon becomes “locked in” to the wood and can be sequestered for many years!
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