The more you see it – the more you are dazzled by it all….says the Editor – and he is quite right of course. He’s talking about the ever rising proliferation of a new exciting generation of wooden buildings.
At the centre of his most recent waxing lyrical session this time was a presentation online article presentation produced online by The Local’s Client Studio and sponsored by the excellent Swedish re-newables materials company Stora Enso
For sure as they say, “You don’t have to be an architect or a tree-hugger to be dazzled by how good wood is getting and how much ‘gooder’ it is getting all over the planet – with Sweden not surprisingly perhaps very much to the fore!
When people think of the Nordics, they often think of landscapes covered by vast green forests punctuated by compact urban innovation hubs. And a sense of responsibility about how to use resources sustainably.
So, it should come as no surprise that the region’s unique marriage of nature and innovation is redefining the way buildings are conceived and built – with the aim of making construction, buildings, and even entire cities greener and more sustainable.
forest in the city
“We’re bringing the forest into the city,” says Cathrine Wallenius of the renewable materials company Stora Enso. How? By developing new wood-based construction materials that have the potential to replace the steel and concrete commonly used today.
As a result, wood is no longer just the preferred building material for single-family homes and quaint country cottages; it’s also gaining in popularity when it comes to the construction of apartment buildings, shopping malls, schools, stadiums, and high-rises– even whole cities.
And the results can be incredible.
But what’s almost more impressive is how using wood makes buildings and cities more sustainable. Due to the fact that wood harvested from sustainably managed forests stores carbon absorbed from the atmosphere, using more wood in more buildings has the potential to transform cities into huge carbon stocks.That keeps more carbon out of the atmosphere longer, which helps combat climate change.
Adds Cathrine, “Our main goal is to increase the use of wood and replace as much fossil-based material as possible with wood. And while this transformation to more wooden buildings is still in its early stages, the results so far are pretty amazing.
The wood industry needs to cooperate in order to function and expand. We need to have a wider transfer of knowledge and expertise in addition to just the products. We also need to reach out to city planners, architects, engineers – that’s where the decisions are made – to make sure they are aware of the possibilities of wood construction and have the arguments for why building in wood is better than using other building materials,” she says.
About Stora Enso
The business is a market leader in spearheading the construction industry’s pivot toward the wider use of renewable, wood-based materials.
The company is among the largest producers of cross-laminated timber (CLT) – which acts like the concrete in traditional construction – and laminated-veneer-lumber (LVL) – which serves the same function as steel.
Stora Enso is also on the cutting edge of developing other wood-based biomaterials that can replace glues, laminates, and even plastic-like materials that are currently dependent on fossil-based materials.
Stora Enso isn’t alone in promoting the advantages of wooden buildings. In fact, the company hopes more and more stakeholders get involved.
Stora Enso’s innovations help more people realize that “wood is good” – for not only builders and home-owners – but also for the environment.
Enough said perhaps – after all a picture says a thousand words – Enjoy!