In this city, a fifth of the new buildings must now be made of wood

The Dutch are getting even greener! The new regulation seeks to make the Dutch capital even more sustainable by turning to renewable materials.

The city of Amsterdam ordered that 20 percent of all new housing projects in Amsterdam to be performed it must be built of wood or other materials on biobases.

Agreement, called Green Deal Timber Construction, signed by 32 Amsterdam municipalities implies an increase in the use of wood in construction projects, as well as a reduced use of steel and concrete, ie materials that generate large amounts of carbon dioxide during their production.

It is expected that the Dutch capital will succeed in fulfilling its goal of “climate neutrality” by 2050 through this plan, writes The seas.

220,000 tons of CO2 less per year

The Green Deal Timber Construction was signed during the Sustainability Summit this October. As an alternative to timber, which is emphasized, the agreement also includes a solution for 20% of all new housing to be built from other materials on the biobase, ie those obtained from biodegradable substances, such as hemp and cork.

The move is expected to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 220,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to the average emission created by 22,000 homes. Also, a significant reduction in nitrogen emissions is expected.

Rhythm House, Amsterdam, photo: Norbert Wunderling

One of the biggest advantages of wood is that it can absorb large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

Constructed structures, globally, are currently responsible for the eye 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce this figure, many architects around the world are turning wood as the primary building material. One of the biggest advantages of wood is that it can absorbs large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and store them in the building itself, thus canceling the carbon emissions that the building generates during its lifetime.

“Although the use of abiotic materials in construction has brought us to great heights, these materials have a great impact on the environment. The latest generation of mass production from wood can replace these materials in a way that does not harm the environment, “said Pablo van der Lugt, a researcher at the AMS Institute.

The tree conquers all the meridians

It is commendable that Amsterdam is not the only city that has introduced laws that encourage the use of biomaterials. In New York, the city council approved the use solid wood for the construction of buildings up to 26 meters high. In 2020, the French government agreed that new public buildings in the country must be built of at least 50% wood or other natural materials.

In order to contribute to the best possible implementation of the agreement, the city of Amsterdam will also invest in research based on tree development and biobase materials used in construction, as well as in companies dedicated to the city achieving its goals in this area.

Although the agreement primarily helps Amsterdam become carbon neutral, it also supports the city’s goal of achieving a circular economy as wood and other bio-based materials are easily reused and recycled.

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