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Timber's Green Revolution: Sustainable Construction from Start to Finish

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 555

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National Centre of Excellence for the Timber Industry of Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Interests: sustainable constructions; life cycle assessment; timber construction; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is a growing awareness of the importance of using environmentally sustainable materials in construction. Timber in particular is experiencing a surge in popularity within the construction sector due to its renewable nature and significant social and environmental benefits. To utilize timber sustainably in construction, it is essential to consider the entire value chain of the timber sector, from its initial stages to the finished products. This chain begins with forest management and silviculture, encompassing various aspects related to the growth and development of forests. It extends to forest development, which focuses on the responsible use and conservation of natural resources, ensuring the production of goods and services. The subsequent phase involves the timber industry, where raw materials are processed and transformed into various new products following harvesting and transportation.

In this Special Issue, we invite high-quality original research articles that explore the following topics:

  • Quantification of resources and assessment of threats, such as fire, soil, and water;
  • Proposal of measures to ensure the sustainability of territories;
  • Implementation of measures to enhance the productivity, quality, and diversity of forests;
  • Development of structural products;
  • Creation of non-structural products;
  • Manufacturing using cutting-edge technology;
  • Modification of properties and functionalities;
  • Waste recovery;
  • Innovative materials;
  • Seismic engineering of timber structures;
  • Timber–concrete hybrid buildings;
  • Design and construction of medium and high-rise structures;
  • Development of new types of walls, slabs, and roofs;
  • Strategies for fire protection;
  • Construction management, digitalization, and industrialization;
  • Preservation and durability methods;
  • Quantification and enhancement of the sustainability of timber constructions;
  • Urban planning and public policies promoting timber-based construction;
  • Any other topic related to timber throughout its life cycle.

Looking forward to your valuable contributions.

Warm regards,

Dr. Manuel Carpio
Guest Editor

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  • timber
  • building
  • construction
  • forest
  • fire
  • life cycle

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Bibliometric Analysis of Urban Coastal Development: Strategies for Climate-Resilient Timber Housing
Sustainability 2024, 16(4), 1431; - 08 Feb 2024
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Urban development in coastal areas has become increasingly important due to the climate crisis and its effects on sea level rise and extreme events, which increased the vulnerability of coastal zones. Therefore, it is important to analyze possible sustainable development techniques in urban [...] Read more.
Urban development in coastal areas has become increasingly important due to the climate crisis and its effects on sea level rise and extreme events, which increased the vulnerability of coastal zones. Therefore, it is important to analyze possible sustainable development techniques in urban planning and residential housing construction based on low-carbon footprint materials such as timber. These techniques should be capable of mitigating the effects of flooding and uncontrolled rises in coastal areas, as well as identifying normative and economic differences in their application in the Chilean context. For this purpose, a bibliometric analysis of 3882 articles selected from the Web of Science database between 1987 and 2022 was conducted, allowing us to identify a range of possible solutions to be developed in the study area. This includes evaluating their potential for normative application and a cost analysis of these solutions. In this regard, housing solutions such as amphibious houses and houses on stilts are two types of flood-resistant homes that are gaining popularity worldwide. Following the technical–economic analysis, it was observed that the solution on stilts can be up to 50% more cost-effective to implement in Chile. However, both options offer a promising solution to minimize the risks of coastal flooding and should be taken into account in the urban planning of coastal areas. Full article
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