Using wood as material to reduce climate change

Currently, the buildings are mostly constructed with steel and concrete. These two materials have been the most used in the construction industry. However, neither of both has a completely sustainble life cycle balance as the wood. As a building material, wood possesses competitive characteristics and properties compared to the other two materials. Wood needs only a small amount of energy for production and recycling. Wood … Continue reading Using wood as material to reduce climate change

The Mayas in the Guatemalan tropical forest

As you know the Maya civilization had its zenith in the Central American tropics more about one thousand years ago. Tikal (200 – 900AD) was one of the main cities of this great civilization. In the 10th century it was abandoned. There exist several theories why the civilization disappeared. One of the credible theories is that the cities run out of water – a necessity … Continue reading The Mayas in the Guatemalan tropical forest

Exotic wood species in Guatemala’s tropical forest

The Guatemalan tropical forest situated in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in the north of the country has a size of 21,000 km². The forest community and  organizations develop a sustainable and protected forest. The forest has an abundant and unique selection of exotic species, while most are unknown species in the market. The market is currently concentrated on two or three species: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), … Continue reading Exotic wood species in Guatemala’s tropical forest