Tackle Climate Change: Use wood

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It has been estimated that an annual 4% increase to 2010 in Europe's wood consumption would sequester an additional 150million tonnes of CO2 per year and that the market value of this environmental service would be about â‚¬1.8 billion per year.

Statistics such as these create very compelling environmental and economic arguments for the use of timber as a way of reducing climate change.

The purpose of this book is to contribute to this debate and help promote a culture in the construction industry which looks towards wood as a sustainable alternative to more conventional construction materials.

This book contains a number of startling figures which not only show the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, but also the positive environmental impact wood can have.


  • Climate Change
    • CO2 emissions are the main cause
    • Cutting CO2 emissions
    • Wood and CO2 reduction
  • Europe's forests: a renewable resource
  • How wood products help slow Global Warming
    • Assessing the CO2 impact of different materials
    • How much CO2 can be saved by using wood?
  • The eco-cycle of wood and wood-based products
    • The carbon cycle of wood-based products
    • Wood re-use
    • Wood recycling
    • Wood and energy recovery
  • The benefits of using wood
    • Building with wood
    • Living with wood
  • The industry: facts and figures

Suggested Reading

Long-lasting wood windows - a specification guidenavigation-arrow

Barnaby Dickens of the Wood Window Alliance offers guidance on how to specify for long-lasting timber windows.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2015

01/01/2015 |  Magazine Article  

External wood claddingnavigation-arrow

With timber facades being seen as a more sustainable option than their traditional brick counterparts, more and more housebuilders are opting to choose external timber cladding for their home. As a result of the growing popularity of timber cladding, it is important that builders have the necessary knowledge of the...

01/01/2012 |  Choose and Use  

Timber in loft conversionsnavigation-arrow

Timber can be used effectively in a variety of ways to improve the performance of any loft conversion, including helping to ensure compliance with Building Regulations.

This Choose and Use sheet gives an overview of some of the benefits of loft conversions, as well as some of the considerations...

01/01/2012 |  Choose and Use