The internationally renowned design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM)
Just published the findings of their “Timber Tower Research Project,” which proposes constructing skyscrapers with timber in order to reduce their overall carbon footprint. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency buildings account for 36 percent of total energy use, and tall structures in urban jungles built with metal and reinforced concrete have a particularly high carbon footprint. SOM’s design has the potential to slash the carbon footprint of these tall towers by up to 75%.
Via Tafline Laylin – Inhabitat