How engineered wood helps the environment

Engineered wood is a popular choice of floor coverings in Chester homes and commercial buildings. Advances in flooring have enabled buildings to be made from engineered wood, coming with benefits to the environment.

For years, there has been a competition to build the highest building in the world. Most of these ultra-tall buildings are made from concrete and steel. New types of engineered wood and changes in building regulations have inspired a new competition to see who can build the world’s largest wooden structure. The highest current wood structure is the 73-metre Haut Building in Amsterdam, but taller buildings are being planned in Japan and Canada.

There are environmental reasons for using wood. Sustainability expert John Hardy says that the interest in building with wood is:

“Definitely being driven by environmental concerns - the amount of damage we’re doing with concrete is unbelievable.”

According to Andy Buchanan, a professor of timber at the University of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, transporting wood and using it in construction has a lower fossil fuel consumption rate than concrete, and it stores carbon that was trapped in trees. In engineered wood floors, each cubic metre of floor stores the carbon equivalent of around 900 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to a decrease of 135 kg to 360 kg of CO2 emissions for every square metre of flooring.

No wooden skyscrapers are planned for the area just yet, but there may be more installations of engineered wood flooring in Chester in the future, and this could help the environment.