To further develop understanding of the benefits and drivers of wood in construction, we are creating a new Nordic Council of Ministers report showcasing 25 cases of Nordic good practice.
The project is built around three stages:
- Develop criteria and assessment tool for best practice cases with sector experts
- Run an outreach campaign for submission of cases, enabling co-creation and co-ownership of the project
- Select 25 cases from across the supply chain and Nordics, to be featured in a digital and print publication, and on the Wood in Construction website
Inspired by the proven and successful process behind the Nordic Council of Ministers publication 25 Cases for Sustainable Change, one of the NCM's most downloaded and impactful publications, which was co-authored by the partners on this project: Morten Jastrup at Sustainable Business Services and Esben Lanthén at Nordic Sustainability.
Nordic forestry innovation has huge potential to cascade the use of wood into high-value products that bring multiple co-benefits. In the construction sector, it is clear that when paired with sustainable forest management, there is a potential for wood to act as a carbon sink when used as a construction material, due to the long lifecycle of buildings. However, other environmental, economic and social co-benefits are currently under-recognised, and as such, wood's full potential throughout the construction value chain is yet to be realised.
Greater knowledge and understanding of new and innovative ways of working with wood in construction is required amongst stakeholders across the value chain. To take advantage of wood's potential, these stakeholders must come together behind bold commercial and environmental commitments, but currently lack the incentives to do so.
- Identify and showcase best practice solutions for wood in construction from across the value chain
- Credibly document and assess the tangible benefits of building in wood, examining the drivers behind the projects
- Engage and activate key stakeholders to co-create and co-own the project, maximising impact
- Position the WiCS as a thought leader in the sector, creating relevant and informative content
October 2018: Assessment criteria and evaluation tool development
A workshop with experts from the WiCS network and follow up interviews with members of the WiCS advisory board were used to develop assessment criteria that help to define best practice throughout the wood in construction value chain. 5 criteria and 15 sub-criteria, covering everything from innovation and partnerships to delivery on the triple bottom line, form the basis of the evaluation tool and scorecard.
November: Outreach campaign for co-creation of cases
The outreach campaign will engage key Nordic stakeholders from across the wood in construction value chain, to submit projects for inclusion in the publication. The outreach will focus on tapping into networks within wood in construction, and aims not only to co-create content, but also to give stakeholders co-ownership of the project, generating interest and creat-ing ambassadors for the dissemination of the final publication.
December - February 2019: Selection of cases and creation of publication
Each application will be assessed on their performance against each sub-criteria using the assessment tool, with the highest scoring projects put forward for inclusion in the final publication. This methodology allows for transparent and credible case evaluation, and will also consider geographic and supply chain balance to identify the 25 best projects to be featured in the publication. The 25 cases will then be written up in an engaging and informative way, giving focus to what the key learnings are from each project for others in the sector.
March: Launch of the publication
The 25 cases will be published in print and online, and will act as leading examples of the benefits of using wood in construction, spreading knowledge about innovation in the field. WiCS shall combine efforts with the Nordic Council of Ministers and Climate-KIC to effectively communicate the publication, but importantly, the stakeholders involved in the co-creation of the content will be leveraged as 25 ambassadors of the project, a proven way of raising awareness.
The cases will also be showcased on the Wood in Construction website.