Green-construction firm Cree Building developed its New Age–sounding LifeCycle Tower system with two goals in mind: to make its structures more sustainable and to erect them more quickly—literally, one story a day.
Rather than the typical steel frame (“Steel and concrete are bankrupting us in terms of environmental sustainability,” says Nabih Tahan, vice president of business development), Cree uses sustainable wood pieces (with a touch of added concrete) laminated together to a specific size, which makes them easy to assemble. LifeCycle buildings are strong enough to be permanent, but they can be taken apart and reduced to bioenergy when no longer needed.
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Originally published in the April 2013 issue of San Francisco.