On a job site, structural timber shows off aesthetic and practical advantages
from The Kendeda Fund
The image of mass timber puts it in a slightly softer place than the steel girders. This is wood, after all — that smooth, natural material that you can run your hands across to feel at one with the Earth. From an environmental perspective, the big difference is that wood is a renewable resource: It stores carbon, unlike steel or cement, which require tons of carbon emissions to manufacturer. But, when you get right down to it, mass timber construction is pretty robust business — just not quite as heavy a lift as assembling the steel I-beams or pouring the tons of concrete that form the skeletons of most large commercial buildings.
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