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‘Architecture is political; it’s time for the timber revolution’


I hate to be negative about a well intentioned article but architecture is in desperate need of some scientific rigor at the moment. This is full of false claims and mis-quoted science. Timber is considered to have embodied energy three times higher than concrete by everyone but timber industry lobbyists. Kiln dried imported timber and formaldehyde glues aren't the most low impact materials. https://www.pmcarchitects.com/sustainability-content-paul-mcalister-architects/your-carbon-budget-understanding-embodied-energy Similarly the claim that the built environment is the primary source of CO2 emissions is a fundamental misunderstanding of the statistics. We spend 90% of our time indoors, that doesn't mean that everything people do indoors is down to the architecture we design. We have to be accurate and serious about carbon emissions if we want to be confident about reducing them effectively

Posted date

29 November, 2018

Posted time

12:08 pm


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