Building a skyscraper? “Forget about steel and concrete - says the visionary Canadian architect Michael Green - We move on to the... wood”. Yes, the material of natural origin for excellence is now in progress in the building industry, not only for the construction of private homes but also for multi-storey commercial buildings able to touch the sky.
Environmental sustainability, ease of use, renewability, beauty and efficiency are just a few of the reasons why architects and builders around the world have choosen wood to create sustainable architectures. The last frontier has been exceeded in Canada where Michael Green (perhaps the surname is not entirely random) has redesigned an Empire State Building whose structural components are made entirely of wood.
At this point you're probably wondering: “Who thinks about trees?”. The massive amount of material needed for the construction of these vertical giants of city-planning come from forests managed in a responsible way and at a rate of use that ensures the respect of the environmental, social and economic values, now and in the future. The forests offer many other benefits including clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, commercially valuable products such as wood and employment for local communities: if we manage them in a responsible way we can derive benefits without causing damage to the ecosystem. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, produce oxygen and, if you cut them in the right way, they are able to renew themselves.