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Notre-Dame’s roof should be rebuilt in wood, say architects

By Zelda Caldwell
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

representative of France’s top architects said that Notre-Dame Cathedral’s roof should be rebuilt in wood, not in metal or concrete as some have proposed. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he favors adding a “contemporary” touch in the course of rebuilding the spire… Eric Wirth, a member of an association of the country’s architects, however, weighed in to say that replacing the roof with wood makes sense for practical reasons. “The most modern and ecological material today is wood,” said Wirth, of the Guild of French Architects. Wirth added that wood is more fire-resistant than the alternatives, and would also trap carbon. “Had the cathedral been built in concrete or steel it would not still be there,” he added. “Even with all the (chemical) protection treatments, given the intensity of the blaze … the steel would have held for half an hour and then it would have twisted, pulling on the walls and everything would have collapsed”.

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