Building Elements (07/26/16) Killough, Dawn
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) has released a video making the case for increased use of wood in building construction, including in multi-level high rises. The video seeks to enhance public understanding of how building more structures with wood helps address pressing global challenges such as population growth and climate change. "Wood buildings are essentially huge carbon storage units," says OFRI director of forest products Timm Locke. "This fact alone is causing more and more architects, engineers, developers, and policymakers to take a fresh look at building with wood." Wood stores carbon during photosynthesis and requires less expenditures during the production process. The use of engineered products has enabled wood to be used in new ways. These products permit the use of larger pieces of lumber that are not naturally available and they are stronger than single pieces of wood. In addition, composites and other types of materials are made from waste products created during lumber production. "There are plenty of good reasons to build with wood, and we see a ton of value in the momentum building in this state for wood buildings," Locke says.