Wood is a renewable natural resource which, when used in construction, consumes significantly less energy and places a far lighter load on the environment than when using steel, bricks, aluminium, plastics or concrete. Using wood products also has a positive effect on abating climate change, the cleanliness of air and waterways, and the national economy and employment. In addition to the fact that manufacturing wooden construction products emits very few carbon dioxide emissions compared to competing products, wooden houses themselves function as carbon sinks.
The annual growth rate of the Finnish and European forests is far larger than the amount of forests lost each year. In just ten hours, the forests grow to such an extent as to cover the entire annual volume of wood required for housing construction in Finland. As a result of sustainable forest management, the volume of tree stands in Finland’s forests is now greater than ever.
Wood products that have reached the end of their lifecycles can be recycled or turned into energy. Energy attained from wood is renewable energy that replaces fossil fuels.