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Intelligent wood could become the urban construction material of the future

By Hildegard Suntinger
Innovation Origins
May 22, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Johannes Konnerth

Innovation Origins interviews researcher Johannes Konnerth: Architecture has (re)discovered wood as a building material for urban spaces….There is much to be said for this building material, emphasizes Professor Johannes Konnerth from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. Using timber allows you to build faster and more efficiently – and also more environmentally friendly. At the moment, the most common building material is cement – its production process consumes large quantities of fossil fuels and releases vast amounts of CO2. Wood  is derived from CO2 from the atmosphere, sunlight, and rain. Conversion … requires less energy that’s generated from fossil fuels. Wood would thus be a more efficient building material and could cut CO2 emissions considerably, Konnerth explains. …Right now, he’s in the process of introducing two new research specializations there. His focus is on new production technologies and the intelligent properties of wood.

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