Modern industrial timber building techniques
Sidan senast granskad/uppdaterad: 04/04/2014 11:45
In Sweden we have a long tradition of building one and two-storey buildings in wood. In recent decades there has been increasing recognition of the major technical and environmental benefits of wood, resulting in increased construction of timber-framed multi-storey buildings, sports halls and bridges. Today, modern, timber-built, multi-storey buildings account for 10% of the market and interest continues to grow.
No other construction technique has developed as quickly as modern timber construction. Using timber frames in our buildings enables us to demonstrate a whole spectrum of benefits compared with other construction methods. We build cost-efficiently, quickly, safely and without increasing the negative environmental impact of the construction sector.
A climate-efficient construction process
The construction industry has worked to cut energy consumption in new buildings. However, we must not forget to factor in the actual construction process and the materials that go into the buildings. Wood is a renewable building material that stores carbon dioxide, while the growing forest produces oxygen and cleans the air. It takes very little energy to manufacture a wooden building. And making the building’s frame out of wood instead of traditional materials vastly reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, the completed wooden building continues to store carbon dioxide throughout its lifetime.
Industrial production boosts construction
Wood is a light, strong material that is ideal for extensions and infill construction in dense urban environments. It is also ideally suited for industrialisation. Industrial production gives us good control of quality, costs, logistics and the work environment. This reduces the amount of time spent at the construction site, resulting in less disruption to the neighbourhood. Modern industrial timber building techniques thus save time and money, encouraging more construction.
Higher employment and new enterprises
Timber-framed, multi-storey buildings have been built in the US for some time and the trend has now taken off in Sweden and the rest of Europe. But industrial timber construction offers even greater potential. Urbanisation is on the rise and cities are growing, at the same time as we need to develop our industry and the processing of forest raw materials. Increased timber construction will enable us to grow the Swedish industry nationwide, leading to increased employment and new businesses, and creating new opportunities for future exports.