Increasing wood in construction across the Nordic region has a huge potential to positively contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, but are there trade-offs that we don't currently understand. Last year we undertook a study to look more closely at this issue, and now are pleased to publish the results.
The study surveyed experts from across the Wood in Construction value chain and Nordic region to answer questions such as:
- How increased wood in construction affects biodiversity and and climate resilience of Nordic forests?
- Does wood in construction enhance the opportunities for reuse and recycling of construction materials?
- Does increased use of wood in construction create new jobs? Where? And for who?
- Are the policies and certifications in place to ensure that the positives are maximised and any downsides minimised and managed?
The study lead to some interesting conclusions and recommendations on where the opportunities and risks lie. We've synthesised all the findings of the study into a new section of this website, or jump straight to the executive summary and recommendations for the headline findings of the study.