About this Research Topic
Wood has been used in construction and infrastructures throughout millennia and it is considered as one of the oldest building materials. The fact that timber is a natural product and aligned with the demand of modern societies for sustainability has boosted its popularity. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from wood processing to timber products are remarkably less compared to other traditional building materials. If recycling potential will be added to this, the difference becomes even more clear.
The advantage of wood as sustainable building material has resulted in increased use of wood in the built environment, especially after industry has offered into the market plenty of robust wood-based products for numerous applications. Either used in structural or non-structural building elements, technology has re-opened new horizons for wood, both for low-rise and tall timber buildings. Innovative methods in wood modification and surface treatment has secured climate-resilience and durability of timber products. New research has revealed how hygrothermal properties of built wood contribute to better indoor environment and documented its positive impact on users’ psychological perception.
The Research Topic ‘Wood in Built Environment’ aims to summarize novel and cutting-edge research in wood-based products, building physics in timber buildings and users’ perception, wood modification, innovative structural methodologies, life cycle assessment and cost analysis. Both benefits and challenges are welcome to be reported in this Topic so that researchers and industry can focus further on them and identify future solutions for timber products and buildings.
Keywords: Wood, timber buildings, indoor environment, wood modification, sustainability
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