#woodfacts

Why wood is awesome

Wood is not produced. It grows.

All trees need is sun, soil and rain, growing naturally, forming lively ecosystems and providing us with vital oxygen and the precious resource called wood. In this wood, trees absorb CO2, temporarily relieving the atmosphere of its greenhouse effects.

Timber is such an attractive material because it has a lower carbon footprint,

uses less energy and water and is 100% renewable from sustainably managed forests. In construction, wood is highly flexible, light and strong at the same time.

 

It’s well-suited for prefabrication and can significantly reduce the construction time. Well engineered, wooden constructions are also perfectly fire-safe and even more earthquake stable than legally required.

CO2 in wood

Each cubic meter of wood binds a ton of the greenhouse gas CO2.

The more wood we store (e.g. in buildings), the less CO2 the atmosphere needs to deal with.

Prefabrication

Wood is ideal for prefabrication of mayor elements.

This leads to a high material and time efficiency, reduced waste and cost control.

Good weight-strength ratio

Compared to steel or concrete, wood can support its own weight better, which allows for larger spaces and fewer necessary supports in building designs.

Forests are growing

The European forests grow about 840 million m³ every year. Roughly one third of this growth remains in the forests.

1.

Building in Wood is caring about our climate

Wood is the only truly renewable construction resource we know and nature couldn't have engineered it any better:

It relieves the atmosphere of one ton of CO2 per m³

  • It's natural

  • It's sustainable

  • Wood has a much lower carbon footprint than other building materials such as concrete and steel

The taller the wooden building, the more CO2 it can capture

2.

Wood is efficient, fast and predictable.

Engineered timber is a highly developed building material with a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it perfect for many critical applications. With prefabrication of mayor building elements, the on-site assembly of these parts is quickly done, significantly reducing construction time, weather-dependence and resident annoyance.

Additionally, wood is suited for “design for disassembly” and can easily be recycled.

Wood is a growing market

3.

By 2050, almost 70% of all humans will be living in urban areas, implying a plus of ~2.5 billion people*.

The cities need to provide housing for these people, requiring a mix of new construction and both renovating and heightening of existing residential buildings. Due to its various advantages like low weight and construction time, wood is an excellent choice of either of these.

Wood makes us feel at home.

4.

As organic material, wood can breathe and maintain a comfortable and healthy indoor climate. Environments with wooden structures have positive psychological and physical effects on humans, lowering blood pressure and pulse and exerting a calming effect. Rooted in our past, we connect wood to the cosy feeling of security and home.

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"European forests grow about 840 million m³ per year" on dense forest background
Key words: "Natural. Renewable. Sustainable" in front of wooden background with ivy plants
Slogan: "Every m³ of wood binds a ton of CO2" in front of stacked logs
"Prefabrication recuces the impact of weather on construction" with orange fallen autumn leaves.
"Wood creates green jobs" in front of huge log pile with mountain in the background
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This project has received funding from
the European Union's Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 862820.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Danish Technological Institute

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