While construction sector growth is often good, efficiency is not. Unlike many other large sector industries such as agriculture, automotive, or electronics, productivity gains in construction have been almost flat for more than 50 years. This means higher prices, more waste, labor shortages, slower pace of addressing demand, and an inability to address modern-day issues like climate change.
In this HolzChat, we talk with Peter Rose and Florian Meier about engineered timber construction, modularization, and mass timber as strategies for simultaneously modernizing the how and where of housing construction, along with why mass timber construction can be a large win for the environment.
In this episode:
- How other industries approach productivity through engineering
- A history of home prefabrication
- Engineered timber: types, manufacturing, and applications
- Mass timber modular building examples and carbon storage