Finland: Comparison of wood and concrete building

R&D news

Helsinki, 20 February, 2006 — The Finnish Forest Research Institute has examined differences in using concrete and wood in construction. The energy consumption of wood construction is lower than that of concrete and its environmental impact is more favourable than that of concrete.

According to the study, the energy consumption and environmental load of building and transporting a wooden frame and exterior is much lower than that for a building with a concrete frame. According to the Institute, renewable energy accounts for 35% of the construction of a wooden house, and for 7% in the case of a concrete house. The greenhouse effects of a wooden house are lower than those of a concrete house.