- Significantly less energy and carbon release to produce than concrete or steel
- Easily recyclable
- From renewable sources
Embodied carbon from the construction and refurbishment of buildings makes up 20% of built environment emissions. As operational emissions from buildings decrease, the trajectory results indicate that embodied carbon will form over half of built environment emissions by 2035.
Source: UK Green Building Council, Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, November 2021
If the timber industry built 270,000 new homes per year, this would allow...
- 3,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to be absorbed and stored per year
- 30% quicker build times
- 90% waste reduction from off-site construction
Source: How The Timber Industries Can Help Solve The Housing Crisis, Report by the All-Party Parliamentray Group for the Timber Industries 21.2.2019
From renewable sources
- EU Forests cover over 40% of the landmass
- They have expanded by 9% over the last 25 years
- Forests are actively managed to ensure they continue to be productive
- 63% of annual timber growth is harvested
- Over 90% of EU timber consumption is from EU forests
- Sawmills ensure they utilise all elements of the harvested tree, producing sawn timber
Did you know ...?
There were about 180 million hectares of forest on other wooded land in the EU in 2020
3/4 of Finland and Sweden were covered by forests and other wooded land. With 30.3 million hectares in 2020, Sweden had the largest wooded area in the EU.
Forestry and logging activities in the EU generated gross value added of EUR 26.2 billion in 2017.
Forests and other wooded land have been expanding through natural growth and afforestation.
Employment in wood-based industries made up 10.3% of the total employment in the manufacturing sector in 2018.
Wood-based industries in the EU generated gross value added of EUR 138.6 billion in 2018, pulp and paper production accounted for about 1/3 of this.
With careful disassembly much of timber building material can be reused.
This is particularly true for structural timber – cross laminated beams, floor, wall and roof systems