After All, Is Using Wood in Architecture Sustainable?


CIL – Résidence Simone Veil / Vincent Parreira Atelier Architecture AAVP. Image © Luc Boegly

CIL – Résidence Simone Veil / Vincent Parreira Atelier Architecture AAVP. Image © Luc Boegly

In recent years, we have published many articles about wood. Addressing trends of use, possibilities for log wood, panels, curves, and finishes, innovations in tall building structures, and wood’s behavior towards fire, these articles have explicated a wide variety of the material’s applications and characteristics. A specific type of wood, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), has emerged as highly structurally efficient with thermal, seismic, and even sensory benefits, described by specialists as the concrete of the future. But when we post these articles on social media, we frequently encounter comments from our readers concerned about the impact of deforestation. Although we may see wood as a great building material of the future, we must ask ourselves: is it possible to continue cutting down trees and using their wood while still calling it sustainable?

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