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Main Title: Will a Transition to Timber Construction Cool the Climate?
Author(s): Churkina, Galina
Organschi, Alan
Type: Article
Abstract: Timber construction is on the rise and its contribution to climate change mitigation has been widely discussed by scientists and practitioners alike. As midrise building with wood in cities spreads, it will lead to fundamental and systemic change in forests, the manufacturing of construction materials, and the character and performance of the built environment. In this paper, we discuss the multifaceted implications of the transition to building with timber in cities for climate, which include greenhouse gas emissions but also go beyond those potential benefits. We demonstrate that while a transition to timber cities can have a balancing effect on the global carbon cycle, the other accompanying effects may enhance, reduce, or diminish that effect on climate. A collaboration of practitioners with scientists will be required to steer this transition in a climate-friendly direction.
Subject(s): timber construction
climate change
forest management
heat island effect
waste heat emissions
Issue Date: 4-Apr-2022
Date Available: 25-May-2022
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 577 Ökologie
Journal Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
Volume: 14
Issue: 7
Article Number: 4271
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su14074271
EISSN: 2071-1050
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Ökologie
Appears in Collections:Technische Universität Berlin » Publications

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