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Modern buildings should be designed to account for their environmental consequences. This can be done in a number of ways, primarily through employing only natural, sustainable materials and making the most efficient use of energy. The most important elements of construction in terms of volume are aggregates. Hence their production and consumption should, ideally be environmentally friendly.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is committed to providing architects with the most ecologically sound building materials whilst maintaining a high level of quality.
Timber is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials, offering superior insulation, low co2 emissions and sustainability when compared to other options. Therefore as a building material, timber is aptly suited to environmental management, which is the main aim of modern ecological construction.