In Sweden, we have a long tradition of building one- and two-storey buildings in wood. In recent decades, there has also been a realisation of the major technical and environmental benefits that wood offers. This has led to ever taller high-rises, sports halls and road bridges being built around a wooden structural frame. Today, modern construction of multi-storey buildings in wood has a market share of 10% and interest continues to grow and grow.
No other construction technique has developed as quickly as modern building in wood. With wooden structural frames in our buildings, we can show a broad spectrum of benefits compared with other construction methods. We are building more cost-effectively, quickly and safely, without increasing the construction sector’s negative environmental impact.
A climate-efficient construction process
The construction industry has long worked to reduce energy consumption in new buildings. But we must not forget about the actual building process and the materials that make up the building. Wood is a renewable construction material that stores carbon dioxide. In addition, growing forests also produce oxygen and clean the air. Building a wooden house takes very little energy. And with a structure made of wood instead of traditional materials, the building’s carbon dioxide emissions show a significant drop. The finished building will also continue storing carbon dioxide for its entire lifetime.
Industrial production increases building
Wood is a light and strong material, ideally suited to vertical extensions and supplementary development in dense urban environments. It is also ideal for industrialisation. Industrial production gives us good control over quality, costs, logistics and the working environment. This makes the time on the construction site shorter, which causes less disruption to neighbours. Modern industrial techniques for building in wood thus save both time and money. This in turn creates good conditions for increased building.
More jobs and new enterprises
The USA has long built multi-storey buildings with a wooden carcass, and now this trend has really taken off in Sweden and Europe. However, industrial construction in wood offers yet more potential. We are seeing a rise in urbanisation and the expansion of our cities, while at the same time we need to develop our industry and our processing of the forest raw material. With a rise in wooden construction, we can grow the Swedish industry across the country, bringing more jobs, new enterprises and new opportunities for future exports.