Environmentally and socially sustainable multi-storey buildings
The European project Build-in-Wood aims to make timber the natural choice of material for multi-storey buildings
As the climate crisis intensifies, dangerously long dry periods and devastating floods have reached the very centre of Europe. With global temperature records being surpassed frequently, it is time to act now. While change will be necessary in sectors like energy, mobility and agriculture, big emission reductions can be achieved in the construction and building sector.
Energy efficiency and maintenance costs are already widely investigated and optimised. A low-hanging fruit to reduce emissions not within the next 30 years of a building but right now is the construction material. If a building is made out of renewable, carbon-negative materials like timber, it starts with a very low threshold of embodied carbon.
Instead of emitting carbon, like in the cement production process, timber binds carbon – ~1 tonne of CO2 per cubic metre. To advocate for the sustainable building material timber and pave the way for its standard implementation in both residential and commercial buildings, the Build-in-Wood project was initiated.