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Net zero CO₂ thanks to timber construction

20.09.2021

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This coming weekend, the population of the Canton of Bern will vote on a climate protection article - Timbatec says YES. Because: We are in favor of climate protection, and building with wood makes a significant contribution to this. In today's edition of "Der Bund" Stefan Zöllig explains why we have to stop building with steel and concrete.

Steel and concrete are the dominant building materials - and they are very CO₂-intensive. Cement plants in Switzerland alone were responsible for a good 6 percent of national CO₂ emissions in 2019, making the construction industry as a whole a climate polluter. Wood, on the other hand, stores CO₂ during its growth, around one ton per cubic meter. If the wood is burned after it is felled, or if the dead tree decays in the forest, the CO₂ is released again. This does not happen if it is used for building. Then it remains stored - at least as long as the building or component exists. If we want to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, we have to stop building with steel and concrete now and focus on wood construction instead.

Stefan Zöllig explains the advantages of timber construction over other building methods in today's edition of "Der Bund". He explains how new developments such as TS3 technology or the wooden basement will shake up the construction market. Photo: Barbara Héritier 


Click here to read the report in "Der Bund" on September 20, 2021 (in German). 


For more information on the climate protection article, click on this Link (in German). 


This is what the Initiative Holz BE says: Link media release (in German)