In Europe, construction consumes more raw materials than any other industry – and the majority of this consumption is based on non-renewable natural resources.
“In terms of the climate, using renewable wood as a raw material is one of the best alternatives, because its environmental impact and energy consumption are small compared to brick, concrete, aluminium, plastic and steel,” says Saavalainen.
When measured in weight, construction’s share of the consumption of non-renewable natural resources is as high as 50 per cent. In addition, the built environment causes a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consumes roughly 40 per cent of primary energy. “This is construction today, but it can no longer be that tomorrow,” says Matti Mikkola, Managing Director of the Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries.