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Image of a forest being logged by Maksim Safaniuk

Dezeen In Depth explores why the sustainability of mass-timber buildings can't be taken for granted

The third edition of our monthly Dezeen In Depth newsletter features a dive into why the sustainability of mass-timber buildings can't be taken for grantedSubscribe to Dezeen In Depth now.

Architects are increasingly using mass timber in the hopes of creating net-zero buildings but carbon assessments are missing key sources of potential emissions, researchers tell Dezeen in this feature from our Timber Revolution series which ran throughout March.

The standard method for determining a building's overall carbon footprint is a whole-building life-cycle assessment (LCA) that breaks down emissions at every stage – from the sourcing of raw materials to their ultimate disposal.

These calculations tend to indicate significantly lower emissions for timber structures compared to those made entirely out of concrete and steel. But experts warned that LCAs only tell part of the story. Read the feature ›

Aerial render of W350 Plan by Nikken Sekkei
Building tall with timber "does not make sense" say experts

This month's newsletter also features an opinion piece from architecture critic Aaron Betsky which argues David Chipperfield did not deserve to win the 2023 Pritzker Architecture Prize and an exclusive interview with urbanist Carlos Moreno who responds to the "shocking" conspiracy theories surrounding his 15-minute city concept.

The lead image is by Maksim Safaniuk via Shutterstock.

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