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Mass timber to drive mass benefits

Gwen Busby
Head of Research and Strategy, Nuveen Natural Capital
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In many parts of the world, wood was the go-to material for housebuilding for thousands of years, until it was replaced by concrete and steel in the 20th century. Now, however, wood is making a comeback in the construction sector, with mass timber an increasingly popular alternative to more carbon intensive materials, like concrete and steel.

Gwen Busby, Head of Research and Strategy at Nuveen Natural Capital, speaks to Agri Investor about the growing market for mass timber and the climate benefits that are drawing climate-conscious investors toward including sustainably managed timberland in their portfolios.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All investments carry a certain degree of risk including, the possible loss of principal, and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. Certain products and services may not be available to all entities or persons. There is no guarantee that investment objectives will be achieved.

Timberland investments are illiquid and their value is dependent on many conditions beyond the control of portfolio managers. Estimates of timber yields associated with timber properties may be inaccurate, and unique varieties of plant materials are integral to the success of timber operations; such material may not always be available in sufficient quantity or quality. Governmental laws, rules and regulations may impact the ability of the timber investments to develop plantations in a profitable manner. Investments will be subject to risks generally associated with the ownership of real estate-related assets and foreign investing, including changes in economic conditions, currency values, environmental risks, the cost of and ability to obtain insurance and risks related to leasing of properties. Certain products and services may not be available to all entities or persons.

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