Engineered wood provides a vertical solution to increasing urbanisation
Today more people live in cities than in rural areas. The global urban population, which now stands at 3.7 billion people, is expected to double by 2050. This trend is more pronounced on continents such as Asia, Africa and Latin America, which demograpic experts predict may collectively account for 96 percent of all urbanisation by 2030.
This urbanisation dynamic is driving ever greater demand for taller structures in increasingly dense cities. Whether architects and construction companies meet this demand using unsustainable materials such as steel and concrete, or by employing innovative, carbon negative mass timber products such as Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), could make a huge difference to the Earth's health and the liveability of the world's urban environments.