Mass timber construction is gaining attention in the architectural world. Timber construction can have significant benefits in reducing the embodied carbon footprint of buildings. Another major reason for the attention to mass timber likely is that we perceive wood to be natural and beautiful. By asking why we love wood, The Nature of Wood explores the science of having a ‘biophilic’ response to wood and specific topics in need of more in-depth research.
This report is made possible with the support of Forest Innovation Investment of British Columbia and Softwood Lumber Board of Oregon. The opinions and conclusions in this report are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.
William D. Browning, Claire DeMarco, & Catherine O. Ryan (2021). The nature of wood and the science behind why we love it. New York: Terrapin Bright Green, LLC. http://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/report/the-nature-of-wood