- Leonard Guss
- Woodinville, WA
- United States
There is no relationship at all between the 'need' for housing the poor and homeless and wood structures, which are a valuable concept.
I deal with engineered wood products all the time of which cross laminated timber is an excellent example and helps free wood from building strictures. Other such [products include glulam beams, laminated veneer lumber & proprietary products: Parallam, Lignor, Scrimtec. They all allow high rise wood buildings. Fire and termite protection are readily achievable with treatments, coatings, etc. However, housing the homeless is a social and economic issue and has nothing to do with building materials. We could house the homeless today with anything from wood, concrete, steel, brick, stone, aluminum, straw, rammed earth, bamboo and combinations of these. What is lacking is the will, and the money and a social structure that allows this to happen. Sadly, most public housing in the US has been terrible, often designed as a punishment for being poor. High rise public housing are often war zones, gang and drug ridden, filled with despair. If they were built of wood, there would be no different outcome.