Why wood?
3.8.2020

Wood is a renewable natural resource

Wood is the only building material whose amount is constantly increasing. By using wood, the consumption of non-renewabl... Wood is the only building material whose amount is constantly increasing. By using wood, the consumption of non-renewable materials can be reduced and/or completely avoided. This is particularly significant in construction, where the quantities of material used are great and the replacement of other materials with wood is comparatively easy. The consumption of natural resources …

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3.8.2020

Wood is produced sustainably

In Finland and Europe, only sustainably produced wood harvested from certified forests is used. European forests are man... In Finland and Europe, only sustainably produced wood harvested from certified forests is used. European forests are managed based on the criterion of sustainable development. The annual growth of the forests is considerably greater than what is removed. The origin of the wood products is known. Wood is the only building material whose legal origin …

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3.8.2020

The use of wood can be considerably increased

Ecologically speaking, the use of wood in construction could be considerably increased. Wood will not run out by using i... Ecologically speaking, the use of wood in construction could be considerably increased. Wood will not run out by using it in building. The forests in Finland and throughout Europe grow more wood than is consumed. In Finland, the forest’s carbon store daily increases by the same amount that the construction wood industry uses in a …

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3.8.2020

Wood as a carbon sink

In order to grow, a tree needs carbon dioxide from the air. The tree grows by photosynthesising water and carbon dioxide... In order to grow, a tree needs carbon dioxide from the air. The tree grows by photosynthesising water and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere using sunlight. The tree’s own ’building material’ comes from the carbon in carbon dioxide, at the same time releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In order to grow, one kilogramme of …

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3.8.2020

Carbon is bound in wood structures for a long time

In buildings with wooden parts, the carbon stored in the wood is stored in structures that are long-term carbon stores.... In buildings with wooden parts, the carbon stored in the wood is stored in structures that are long-term carbon stores. An average Finnish wooden house sequesters into its wooden structures about 30 tonnes of CO2 from the air. This is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by the driving of an average motorist over a ten-year …

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3.8.2020

Wood product production produces more energy than it consumes

The manufacture of wood products and structures only consumes a little energy compared to products and structures made o... The manufacture of wood products and structures only consumes a little energy compared to products and structures made of other materials. Unlike other materials, most of the energy needed in the production of wood products is based on renewable sources of energy. Most of the energy is obtained from by-products of its manufacturing process, such …

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3.8.2020

Timber construction as an enabler of low-carbon property development

Text: Matti Kuittien, Aalto yliopisto Different buildings have different impacts on the climate. Furthermore, in additio... Text: Matti Kuittien, Aalto yliopisto Different buildings have different impacts on the climate. Furthermore, in addition to the construction providing good heat insulation, the payback time for the finance and energy used, and the carbon dioxide emissions generated in their manufacture should be sufficiently short. Timber construction is high up on the list when it comes …

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