Every day 100,000 people in the world need a new home. By 2020, news homes will be needed for three billion people. Due to population growth and urbanisation, housing will be focussed in cities. Construction will use of the world’s resources and produces 40 % of all waste.
In 2025, lifestyles and individual needs will guide living and decorating choices. Ethical and environmental values are closely tied to housing and the living environment. Wood construction has recognised the diversity of consumption. Specialised construction and interior decoration solutions are offered.
Wood is an answer consumer's reams about good living. Wood products have an overwhelming competitive advantage because they are climate-friendly and renewable. Wood can replace construction materials that are harmful to the environment. Research shows that it is a material that enhances health and comfort, and it reduces stress as much as being in nature does.
The implementation of wood construction and products slows climate change because when trees grow they bind atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is stored as carbon in the tree trunk and then in buildings for up to hundreds of years.
Wood construction has developed into industrial-scale business. Finland has a long tradition of wood construction and a wide range of expertise in the sector. Knowledge of wood materials is broad, raw materials are of a high standard and construction solutions are innovative. Finnish wood architecture and design are internationally recognised.
Wood can be used in all types of buildings: residential, public, business and recreational. Consumers can choose the type of home they live in from a variety of housing options suited to urban culture: wooden neighbourhoods and multi-storey buildings for communal living, individual and modern wooden detached houses, or an urban second home to complement living in the countryside.
50% of wood mass is carbon and one cubic metre of wood stores up to 1,000 kg of carbon dioxide from the air.
Solid wood CLT elements can be assembled to a high standard in factory environments, which means that the construction site phase is much shorter. Sprinkler systems installed in each apartment ensure fire safety. Combinations of wood and other construction materials, are increasingly used to replace oil-based raw materials.
Global customers that manufacture specialty chemicals and technical materials can replace fossil-based raw materials with this renewable alternative. The first applications will be introduced to the construction and automobile industries, where lignin offers sustainable alternatives to phenols in plywood and wood panel glues and the polyols used in foams
By the year 2050, 21% of the world population will be over 60 years old. The ageing population increases the need for specialised housing. The public body likes to commission timber buildings, as wood is a diverse construction and interior decorating material that promotes wellbeing and is thus well suited for hospitals, healthcare facilities, service and care homes as well as schools and day care centres. Public meeting spaces that bring people together are increasingly being built from wood.