When it comes to sustainability, timber measures up well from the start. Using this renewable building material reduces energy requirements over a building’s entire life cycle ‒ from manufacture, transport and erection right through to disposal or re-use. And when used in accordance with the principles of sustainable construction and design, timber construction can play to all its strengths as a future-ready construction method.
Timber construction – fit for the future
Managing limited resources demands new solutions and construction methods. The concept of sustainability originates in forestry and its ties to timber construction go back a very long way: only cutting down as many trees as will regrow ensures that the forest will stay available for future use and retain its value in the long term.
By opting to use timber as our raw material and our construction material, we define clear goals and actions across the entire value chain. In doing so, we work in a closed loop and make full use of the timber. And we take our responsibility as planners seriously. We consider a building and its use over its entire life cycle and our planning also takes ‘afterwards’ into account.
Sustainable timber construction methods
- Active climate protection – using timber can greatly improve the CO2 balance of a building.
- The prefabrication of timber construction components shortens construction time.
- Timber building sections are extremely durable and can be re-used.
- Timber is the only renewable construction material.
- The good thermal insulation values of timber give the building excellent energy characteristics and reduce energy consumption.
- Repurposing, extending, converting, renovating – timber construction opens up a multitude of possibilities for extending residential buildings and commercial and industrial structures with more high-quality usable, work and residential space.