The Potential of Mass Timber Building for Future-proof Cities

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The latest generation of timber products enable complete multi storey neighbourhoods to be built from sustainably sourced softwood.
This chapter explores how a large-scale transition to timber building in urban environments could contribute to solving the three major global crises we are currently facing with climate, natural resources, and health. If key external determinants are used to set the right preconditions, by 2030, the combined forestry and construction sectors in Europe could mitigate23 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and provide sufficient timber to sustainably meet housing demand in Europe while contributing significantly to the well-being of urban citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuture Cities - City Futures
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Urban Perspectives
EditorsChristian Veddeler, Joran Kuijper, Michal Gath Morad, Iris van der Wal
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherTU Delft OPEN
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789463666428
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • mass timber
  • biobased building
  • climate
  • circularity
  • health and well-being


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