Building With Wood is the Ultimate Carbon Capture Technology

Name a carbon capture technology that is fully proven, used the world over, pumps out oxygen, and improves wellbeing at the same time? There’s only one answer: trees. As trees grow they feed on carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and trap it in the form of wood: as long as the wood exists, the carbon is captured and not released back into the atmosphere. This makes wood not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative, as a building material.

When I met the architect Andrew Waugh earlier this year, on assignment for the BBC, I was…