LCA analyses

Wood is the future!

Wood is the only truly renewable material for building construction. The earth’s resources are finite, except for wood. Wood has considerable environmental advantages compared to all other building materials. Basic advantages are that wood is extracted with a small energy input from a renewable raw material and that photosynthesis in forest growth binds carbon dioxide. Wood products also bind carbon dioxide throughout their life cycle. Wood is often also much lighter and cheaper to build with than other materials.

By increasing the use of wood in construction, the use of other building materials, such as concrete, steel, brick and plastic, can be reduced. These building materials do not come from renewable raw materials, require much energy for their production and have higher emissions of carbon dioxide.

The EU’s long-term plan for a competitive, low carbon-emission economy is called Roadmap 2050. The most important driving force for achieving this future scenario is energy efficiency. A low-carbon emission economy will have a great requirement for renewable energy sources, energy-efficient building materials, energy-efficient construction and energy-efficient transport. Wood is the solution!

At Rundvirke Industrier, we work with high-quality products that will last for generations. Our window blanks have dense annual rings and a high proportion of heartwood to ensure a long life for the product. Our poles, sleepers and fence posts are impregnated to prolong the life of wood and ensure that the products last a long time.

Life cycle analyses

Life cycle analyses are used to analyse and compare environmental impact of various products. In the analyses all emissions during a product’s life cycle are covered, from raw material to final destruction to provide a correct picture for decision makers and customers. A life cycle analysis also analyses a product’s resource needs during manufacture such as electricity and heat.

In comparison with other finite materials such as concrete, steel, plastic and composite, wood and impregnated wood are best. Our customers, and we, carry out ongoing life cycle analyses to show that wood is the best material from an environmental point of view. With all the other advantages that wood also has, there is no doubt – wood is the future!


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