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Transforming Trees Into Skyscrapers

Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker writes about timber skyscrapers.

The C3 Take
  • Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway is the tallest all timber building in the world.
  • Buildings are among the most carbon-emitting sectors in the world, but Mjøstårnet could provide a pathway for lowering building emissions.
  • Timber, which pulls CO2 from the atmosphere, can act as a permanent source of storage while being a key material for homes and buildings.

“Lumber pillars, given their earlier incarnation as trees, retain carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere. One cubic metre of glulam timber stores about seven hundred kilograms of carbon dioxide. About eighteen thousand trees were required to produce the wood products used in the construction of Mjøstårnet and the adjoining pool. In aggregate, those trees sequester more than two thousand tons of carbon dioxide. (Norwegian law requires harvested acres to be replanted.)”

Read the full article here.

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