The University of British Columbia's Brock Commons is an 18-story dormitory constructed of wood and the tallest such building to date. | University of British Columbia

High-Rise Wooden Buildings May Help Make Cities More Sustainable

Tall wood construction is less carbon intensive than concrete or steel, but it will likely take a major cultural shift for builders and architects to embrace wood construction on a large scale.

The Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian was built in 1056 and tops out at about 67 meters (220 feet). | Zhangzhugang/WikiMedia Commons
Architect Michael Green and Metsä Wood, a Finnish lumber company, are developing a redesign of the Empire State Building in timber. | Metsä Wood