Laminating wood to stop erosion has long been a key feature of many projects, but many companies have found it too expensive to operate.
U.K. and Canadian coal companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new lamination technology, and some companies are now starting to get behind it.
“It’s a technology that will save millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade,” said Paul Hirst, president of the UK-based Royal Institute of British Architects.
UCL and London School of Economics have both developed the process.
Ucl says it will reduce carbon dioxide from the construction of laminates from 1.4 billion pounds (1.8 billion kilograms) to about 1.2 billion pounds.
“We’ve been very clear on the need for laminators for years, we’ve done this on a very low-carbon basis,” said Jens Stapelberg, the vice president of lamination and construction at UCL.
“But we’ve also been saying this for years that we needed to do this because wood is a very valuable and hard material and laminator technology has been very important for that.”
In its research, the Royal Institute says the technology will save wood by up to 75 percent on the cost of lath.
“The cost of a laminated timber structure is much lower than that of a conventional timber structure,” the report says.
“This will have a significant benefit for building societies that require to maintain and repair large structures.
Laminators can also be used to reduce energy use at large construction sites.”
Some of the companies that have already invested in laminate technology are U.I.L. and Lufthansa.
Ullstein Bild, the chief executive of Lufthsa, said the company has already invested more than $4 billion in the technology, which is also being used in a large number of European airports.
Lufghansa is also investing in lamination technology at a number of other locations, including the U.N. headquarters in New York and the World Bank.
The company says that its new technology will cut down on carbon dioxide, which it says is already among the most damaging greenhouse gases.
Umlstein Bild said the technology has the potential to improve construction by 20 to 30 percent.
The report says that the technology is already being used at some U.J. power plants.
“Laminating is the most efficient lamination in use in a building and we expect this technology to be a significant part of the UJ power plant’s future development,” said Peter Hildenbrand, a vice president at Lufstansa, in a statement.
“A wide range of applications for the technology are being explored, including new energy efficiency technologies and the construction industry.”