Is timber better for climate than steel and concrete? It’s actually not that simple

22 January 2024

In today’s Global Construction Review article, Dr. Kanyilmaz challenges the oversimplified views on sustainable construction. His team’s AI-powered tool emphasized that sustainability depends on multiple factors, including building design and material sourcing. Notably, reused steel is identified as exceptionally sustainable, surpassing traditional materials like timber and concrete in certain metrics. The study advocated for a nuanced approach to sustainability, moving away from single-value embodied carbon figures towards a spectrum of values, tailored to each project’s unique configuration. This innovative research paves the way for smarter, more sustainable architectural and engineering decisions from the conceptual stage.”