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Wood Makes Solid Construction Comeback

21 October 2022

RNZ: Wood is making a comeback as the construction industry looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from high carbon materials like concrete and steel.

The government’s Building for Climate Change programme has set a target of near-zero building related emissions by 2050. In Switzerland construction is underway on the world’s tallest residential building with a load-bearing structure in wood.

The 100-metre tall wooden apartment tower Rocket&Tigerli is being built by Scandinavian architect firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen.

Its head of global innovation Enlai Hooi says the use of timber in high rise construction reduces carbon emissions, provides quality housing and reconnects people with nature.

He was in New Zealand last week to speak at an event organised by Mid-Rise Wood Construction and joins Kathryn to talk about how climate change is fueling a wooden construction renaissance.

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