Skip to main content

Is the wood the future of sustainable architecture?

by Mareyah Bhatti, Oct 27
1 minute read

A Swedish city, Skellefteå, has changed the way it constructs buildings showing what a climate-conscious future could look like. The city sources wood from it’s surrounding forests to build structures from wooden apartment blocks to a wooden multistorey car park.

brown field

So what?

The process of using wood in construction had many benefits – the process of building was quicker compared with steel and concrete and there was a reduction in truck deliveries. Most surprisingly there was a positive effect on construction workers mental and physical health who reported a difference in the usual noisy, toxic fume filled environment to a place of serenity.

This might seem like a novelty that is only feasible for Sweden due to its geography, but architects are keen to emphasise that this construction method can be duplicated anywhere.

Could this finally be the answer to how the construction industry tackles its impact on the physical environment?

Sources

Details

by Mareyah Bhatti Spotted 21 signals

Focus areas: Food & nutrition, Climate change, Health

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Join discussion

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.

>