Wood: the perfect choice for school construction

Many of the people I know have heard that I spent a week in the United Kingdom last fall on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what has made that country so successful in mainstreaming mass timber construction projects. While I was there, I learned that the movement began in earnest when government agencies at all levels made a concerted effort to use wood in buildings because of its unique sustainability features.

In an effort to be more sustainable, government officials showed preference for cross-laminated timber for the buildings over which they had jurisdiction. At the time, a large percentage of the public buildings going up in Britain were schools, so scores of schools were built with wood.

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