Notes from Finnforest about the benefits of using wood for construction:
Wood is the only 100% renewable building material.
Wood serves as a carbon sink by absorbing and binding carbon dioxide. One cubic meter of wood stores nearly one ton of carbon dioxide. The storage process of carbon dioxide continues inside the wood products through their entire life cycle.
Producing and refining wood products is very energy efficient. Over 75% of used energy is gained through burning forest industry by-products, such as woodchips and sawdust.
Recyclable wood products can alternatively be burned to utilize their bio-energy. The carbon returned to the atmosphere during combustion, is equal to that absorbed during the growth of the tree — a perfect cycle.
The substitution effect of wood products has a significant impact on construction industry's carbon dioxide emissions. The use of wood products replaces building materials that would have required a great deal of fossil energy to produce.
The use of one cubic meter of wood products in FMO Tapiola reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 3 — 5 tons compared to the use of other conventional building materials. Nearly 2,400 mÂ³ of wood products were used in building FMO Tapiola.
The origin of wood products is easy to trace with the help of extensive certification system. Wood products' raw materials are thus coming from forests which meet the high standards of ecologically, socially and economically sustainable forest management.
The wood products used in FMO Tapiola bind nearly 2,400 tons of carbon dioxide.
Depending on materials, a substitutive product for wooden structures would have caused 7,200 — 12,000 tons ore carbon dioxide emissions.
According to framework's planned life span, the carbon dioxide bound in FMO Tapiola's structures will be stored at the very least the next 100 years.
The value of reduced CO2 emissions in FMO Tapiola's wooden structures would be over 210 000 â‚¬. (17.8.2005 22,30 â‚¬ / CO2-tone)
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