Brazil explores use of CLT

The city of São Paulo is soon to become home to the AMATA Building, a construction made completely of Brazilian wood.

The project spawned from an initiative by AMATA, a Brazilian forest management company, and was designed by Triptyque, the Franco-Brazilian architectural firm.

The Amata Building is to be built on a site measuring 1.025 m² in the Vila Madalena neighbourhood forming a total floor space area of. The mixed-use concept towers at 13 stories high and will house co-working, co-living plus restaurant spaces.

The project’s structure will consist of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, a wood-derived product whose structural properties allow it to be used as a structural material for high-rise buildings. Every 40 hours the AMATA’s forests grow enough timber to build up to a ten-storey high CLT building.

For every 1 m³ of reforested wood one metric ton of atmospheric CO2 is absorbed from the atmosphere. This brings Brazil closer to honouring their pledge at the 21st Climate Conference (COP 21) 2015 in Paris, where it promised to replant 12 million hectares of forest and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent before 2030.

Dario Guarita Neto, co-founder and CEO at AMATA, said:

“Wooden framed buildings are an efficient solution and may serve as a boost toward a change in the environmental consciousness of our societies because, as we replace non-renewable resources with natural raw materials, we also help create a cleaner production chain, adding value to certified forests. This can, in turn, lower the pressure of deforestation.”