The Economic Perspective: “Will Wooden Buildings Make a Comeback?”

Mary: I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic
perspective. Today’s program asks if wooden buildings will make a comeback. Mike,
centuries ago most structures were made of wood. Then, two factors intervened. One
was the problem of wooden buildings being very susceptible to fires. Second was the
development of alternative materials, like concrete. Why would we go back to wood?

Mike: Summary Answer
a. To help the environment
b. Turns out concrete is a big emitter of CO2
c. Trees actually absorb CO2
d. So could have two benefits – growing more trees to absorb CO2 while
reducing CO2 emissions while using less concrete
e. Also, treatments can be used to reduce the flammability of wood structures
f. The past may be the future
g. I’m MW