1. Start personalizing your document

Look out for the files with the blue icon. These files you can combine into one personalized document. One click adds them to your document binder …

2. Check your selection

You have not selected any files yet.

3. Download your
personalized document

You have not selected any files yet.

Preview of the chapter:
Why use FSC wood?

zoom© Christian Delbert – According to research from the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, a ten percent increase in timber-framed buildings across Europe would produce enough CO₂ savings to account for about 25 percent of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol. (Frühwal) (© Christian Delbert)According to research from the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, a ten percent increase in timber-framed buildings across Europe would produce enough CO₂  savings to account for about 25 percent of the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol. 

1. Carbon benefits - Trees absorb CO₂ as they grow

While most processed construction materials cause carbon emissions, wood products store absorbed carbon, contributing to climate change mitigation. Every cubic meter of wood stores roughly 0.9 tons of CO₂,  and building with wood extends the time that this CO₂ is kept out of the atmosphere. In addition, if the wood is FSC certified, the forest it was harvested from has been managed to ensure regeneration and the growth of new trees, contributing to future carbon sequestration and supporting the carbon sink function of forest soil.

2. Energy - Trees need little more than sunlight and rainfall to grow

Wood has the lowest embodied energy of any mainstream building material. Producing steel, for example, requires 24 times the energy needed to produce wood. Concrete can emit 0.14 tons of CO₂ per cubic meter produced, while an equivalent amount of wood actively absorbs and stores 0.9 tons, arriving at the construction gate with negative carbon balance, reducing both energy input costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Every cubic meter of wood used as substitute for other materials displaces an average of 1.1 tons CO₂. If this is added to the 0.9 tons of CO₂ stored, then each cubic meter of wood can save a total of 2 tons of CO₂. 

3. Performance - Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream construction material

Five times better than concrete, ten times better than brick and 350 times better than steel, wood is an excellent material for thermal insulation. A 2.5 cm timber board has greater thermal resistance than an 11.4 cm brick wall. So, as well as cutting energy use in manufacture and construction, the properties of wood also help improve energy performance throughout the life of a building. Governments are increasingly legislating for improved thermal efficiency and lower energy consumption. Wood is a simple, long-lasting and effective way of complying with new rules.

4. A renewable resource - Wood and paper are renewable, reusable and recyclable

If wood is sourced from FSC certified forests, buyers and sellers can rest assured that their wood products are not only renewable, but that they come from forests that are managed responsibly, taking into account both the environment and the people that live and work in and around the forest. Wood is also a reusable resource and its recycling needs less energy in comparison to other materials such as steel or aluminum. When wood cannot be reused for other products, it can be used as fossil fuel for energy production.

5. Beauty and utility - Wood is attractive, practical and long-lasting 

Wood is flexible, adaptable, versatile and natural. It can be used for ceilings, flooring and paneling, as well as for furniture, fencing, building frames, cladding and much more. FSC certified wood is used in more than 400 product groups worldwide. Research has demonstrated that when used in buildings and interiors, wood is perceived as warm, relaxing, comfortable and welcoming, and it is believed that it creates a healthy environment, contributing to our well-being.