Using the right wood helps tackle climate change

Lend Lease's Forté © Jess McCallum

Here in Australia, the embodied carbon emissions in the construction sector account for nearly 20 per cent of all carbon emissions.

To effectively tackly climate change we need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere as well as reduce carbon emissions. Responsibly sourced wood manages to achieve both of these.

This is because wood stores carbon and has a much lower emboidied energy than other major building materials like concrete and steel which are non-renewable and require vast amounts of fossil fuels to produce.

Reference: 'Timber as a Sustainable Building Material' - University of Tasmania

TEDx Vancouver - Michael Green

Canadian Architect Michael Green speaks at the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference in Vancouver in 2011 about how the use of responsibly sourced wood can help tackle climate change.