Wood has superpowers
As a raw material, wood can provide solutions to all of the above challenges in construction and housing. The Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport showcases the strengths of wood.
If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for the construction would grow back in ten hours.
When used thoughtfully, wood helps us reduce our carbon footprint, as wood-bound carbon is stored in buildings even for centuries.
Wood stores carbon and is a versatile, renewable and recyclable building material. Wood structures can reduce energy consumption in housing. The chemical structures of wood may replace oil-based chemicals, plastics and adhesives which are harmful to the environment.
Sustainability requires cooperation that stretches across disciplines and borders. Wood expertise is one great example of this, and the Wood Wonders exhibition brings together Aalto University's multidisciplinary research and development projects from three different schools and over twenty different researchers and experts.
As trees grow, they bind carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. At the same time, a strong and sustainable building material is formed. When used thoughtfully, wood helps us reduce our carbon footprint, as wood-bound carbon can be stored in buildings even for centuries.
In terms of the climate, it is important to extend the life cycle of wood products – in other words, to reduce their short-term use as an energy source, paper or packaging. We need to develop wood products that have a long life cycle and that can be recycled for a long time.
Reduce your carbon footprint
– Plant trees
– Use wood in construction and interior design
– Reuse and recycle wood
– Develop wood-based bioproducts