There are many countries where greenhouse gas emissions from construction account for more than 25% of the total. It is not just the energy needed for the construction and transportation of goods, but also that which is generated for the manufacture of construction materials.

In this context, wood is the only renewable building material (if it is grown and exploited according to these criteria), and it also removes CO2 from the atmosphere. Wood products store the carbon they have removed from the atmosphere. About 50% of dry wood is carbon.

In addition, wood processing for the construction and manufacture of all types of articles requires much less energy. Which implies a smaller ecological footprint. It can even be used as a substitute for materials derived from fossil fuels.

ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF WOOD IN CONSTRUCTION

Help stop climate change

To avoid climate change, it is necessary to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases. And wood is an excellent deposit of carbon dioxide.

Wood is renewable

It is by definition the renewable raw material. With proper management, forests grow again, bringing many other benefits.

Wood production requires much less energy

Wood can be used as a substitute for many other raw materials that require large energy resources and also many produced from fossil fuels. For example, replacing a cubic meter of concrete with a cubic meter of wood means reducing a ton of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

But it can also be applied to other products, for example, in the manufacture of PVC or aluminum windows.

Wood is good for people’s health and well-being

There are many studies that attest that there is a direct and quantifiable relationship between the use of wood and physiological and psychological health.

People not only they are happier in spaces that contain natural elements such as wood. Less stressful spaces are also created that improve productivity, help with concentration and even reduce healing time in case of illness.

Increase in forest masses

Increases in demand for wood may favor an increase in forested areas, including marginal, abandoned and / or deserted land.

Wood is durable

Wood, although many strive to say the opposite, is a durable material. When properly taken care of, you can past hundreds of years, and there are many, many examples anywhere on the planet.

In addition, it must be taken into account that the current construction and conservation methods increase this durability even more.

The wood is structurally very strong

Wood has a strength / weight 20% higher than steel and about 5 times more than concrete.

Wood is a natural insulator

Among the benefits of wood, one that often goes unnoticed is the fact that it is a natural insulator thanks to its cellular structure. Often better than concrete, aluminum and steel.

Allows you to build faster and more efficiently

The norm is that the wooden construction is not done on site, but in the workshop or factory, which reduces not only time, but also the number of errors.

In addition, because it does not require fixing times and thanks to the quick assembly, it can be manufactured almost anywhere in the world at any time of the year.

The natural appearance of the wood is beautiful

The wood has a natural look and visually appealing, to which we must add the touch. Plus, it’s surprisingly versatile, so you can do just about anything you can imagine.

It is biodegradable

One of the major problems we have with construction today is the management of building waste and leftovers once its useful life has ended. With wood, this is a very easy problem to manage.

It is not necessarily more expensive

Although there are cheaper construction materials, thanks to the advantages of wood cost-effectiveness is much better in the case of wood.

There is no need to invest in insulation and, if it is, it will always be less. Construction times are greatly reduced and therefore the need for manpower and waiting times, which also come at a cost.