Wood and sustainable building
I was thrilled to have hosted the latest episode of the UN Forest Podcast. In this episode on “Building with Wood,” I chat with Sandra Frank from Arvet about timber construction, the need for sustainable forestry, and how building with wood in construction is an important topic in the fight against climate change.
Between 2020 and 2050, 2.3 billion new urban dwellers will be in need of housing. Building those homes with conventional materials like steel and concrete would generate annual emissions of 0.53 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) per year.
Using wood for half of these buildings could reduce emissions by 0.15 billion tCO2e per year, with an additional 0.52 billion tCO2e per year stored in the buildings.
Each episode of the UN Forest Podcast features special guests and speakers who bring insights on forests as our strongest allies in fighting climate change and creating a sustainable future now and for generations to come.
What you’ll learn in the episode
• The role of the building industry in the climate crisis,
• The benefits of timber construction,
• The link between building with wood and deforestation,
• How to balance sustainable forestry and timber construction,
About UN Forest Podcast
The UN Forest Podcast is a series produced by the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section to showcase that the potential of forests goes beyond trees. Each episode features special guests and speakers who bring insights on forests as our strongest allies in fighting climate change and creating a sustainable future now and for generations to come.
Make sure to catch up on the first two episodes, where hosts Michelle Yeoh, 2023 Oscar-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the UNDP, and Boscoe Verticale Architect Stefano Boeri speak with Professor Almut Arneth, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC and urban forester Cecil Konijnendijk, respectively.