All-wood construction in Sweden is durable and high-tech

While the climate change news is full of stories of disasters, there are a few bright spots. Cities around the world are finding innovative ways to fight climate change and, in some cases, improve their skylines at the same time.

In Skelleftea, Sweden, a new 20-story skyscraper is built entirely of wood grown from nearby forests and can capture 9 million kilograms of carbon dioxide from the air around it. It is just the latest building in Skelleftea to be made from local wood, part of a wider effort to move away from traditional building materials, which the United Nations Environment Program has announced. cited as being responsible for more than 38% of the world’s energy-related carbon emissions. 2015. Cement, in particular, is the largest industrial emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, while wood, on the other hand, removes it from the atmosphere and permanently stores it.

The new building, the Sara Cultural Center, is now the second tallest wooden tower in the world. It also uses solar panels to harvest energy and has an artificial intelligence system that allows it to analyze its own energy needs and distribute extra to nearby buildings as needed. The cultural center includes two art galleries, six stages and a 205-room hotel, among other amenities. And while it may seem like fire safety becomes a concern when building solely with wood, experts say wood burns predictably, unlike a material like steel, according to Magazine Wood. In addition, proper construction and architectural segmentation, as well as systems such as sprinklers, improve fire protection.

Source: EuroNews

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