Treated wood - a sustainable solution.
Treated wood is a construction material, supplied and renewable by Nature, with a predictable performance, which removes and blocks carbon from the atmosphere for decades, with a low energy content and a pleasant aesthetic, appreciated by almost everyone.
Wood preservatives were one of the first biocidal products subject to regulation and standardization in relation to these characteristics and, consequently, are now accepted as safe and effective.
Treated wood is the material chosen in all situations where its characteristics make it suitable. With this protection, designers can choose between the main renewable and sustainable materials.
When the structures reach the end of their durability, treated wood can be segregated for use in cascade and recycling can potentially prolong its existence indefinitely. Even when elimination becomes the only option, the generation of energy by burning returns carbon to the atmosphere, where it is transformed into wood by trees, using the energy of sunlight. As the amount of CO2 emitted by combustion is no more than the amount previously stored, burning wood is carbon neutral - a truly circular economy.
Treated Wood - A Sustainable Choice uses four examples in which the use of treated wood demonstrates its sustainability characteristics - timber for construction, railway sleepers, electricity and telecommunications poles, landscaping and decking. It also establishes the Circular Economy credentials for treated wood and highlights the importance of best practices and education for designers, specialists, installers and users and how the treated wood industry leads in developing guidelines and programs to help these groups optimize sustainable use treated wood.
The new book Wood: Building the Bioeconomy, shows how the EU can reduce emissions while increasing production
CEI-Bois, a European Confederation of Wood Industries, of which, a member of the WEI, and in turn of which Carmo Wood is a member, calls on politicians to place wood at the center of their plans, record as shape configurations to run as zero carbon targets.
In his recently published book, Wood: Building the Bioeconomy, CEI-Bois shows how the EU can reduce emissions and use biological, renewable and low-energy alternatives, such as wood, instead of using high-energy materials , such as steel and plastic.
The publication continues to show that this would be good not only for the climate, but also for the economy as a whole. The increase in the use of European wood-based products in the global construction, textile and plastic markets can generate revenue of € 60 billion.
"If we want to restore the balance of the atmosphere, we need to reduce emissions first, in addition to increasing the capacity of the global carbon pool," said Patrizio Antonicoli, Secretary General of CEI-Bois.
“Both forests and wood are part of the solutions for absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the wood. Wood extracted from forests can be turned into high-value products for construction, using only a fraction of the energy and carbon that other materials would need. ”
"The more governments across the continent can support and invest in wood, the more valuable that bioeconomy can become, helping to reverse the adverse climatic and environmental impacts of human activity and fulfill our obligations under the Paris agreement."
Wood, Building the Bioeconomy aims to show the advantages associated with the use of wood.
The wood is renewable, sustainable and can be used, reused and recycled. It is a model product for Europe's transition to a circular economy designed to increase global competitiveness, promote sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.
As a final note we would like to mention that nowadays there is a great focus on the materials used in the construction of buildings in order to determine their environmental impact at the end of life.
We imagine a building constructed with concrete, steel and aluminum. In 300 years or perhaps less it will be destroyed to make way for another. What is the energy required for demolition? How to recycle these products? What energy is needed to transport them and where will they be deposited?
When comparing with buildings of equal volume based on wood (structure, cladding, insulation, parquets, frames, etc.) and its demolition is carried out with a tiny percentage of that spent in the previous case. Waste transportation will be less than ten times and recycling possible. Also, its transformation into energy will be, as we have seen, easy and peaceful.
Wood the building material of the XXI century.