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Building with wood makes sense

Building with wood makes sense

WIEHAG pursues sustainable development goals

Wood as a renewable raw material is on everyone's lips as the "building material of the future" and makes a significant contribution to the implementation of sustainable buildings. We understand this to mean not only the ecological advantages that wood brings, but also the construction of healthy and inspiring buildings. These shape our environment in the long term and have an influence on the people who live in and around these buildings for generations.

SDG 3 – Good health & well-being

Studies at the Medical University of Graz have proven that living and working in wooden buildings leads to better health and well-being. Wood feels good and provides a pleasant, calming and healthy indoor atmosphere.

SDG 7 – Affordable & clean energy

The production of wood construction products results in wood residues that are ideal for generating affordable, clean energy. Wood chips are used to make pellets for heating family homes. We recycle our biomass into heat and power for our own operations.

SDG 8 – Decent work & economic growth

Forestry and the timber industry promote decent jobs and economic growth in forest-rich, structurally weak regions.

SDG 9 – Industry, innovation & infrastructure

Intensive research and development in recent years have produced new wood-based materials that enable completely new construction methods. Reference projects by leading architects such as Norman Foster have increased the importance of wood in industry, innovation and infrastructure.

SDG 11 – Sustainable cities & communities

Due to its high load-bearing capacity and low dead weight, timber is an ideal building material for the redensification and creation of sustainable cities and communities. Timber high-rise buildings are a new and sustainable alternative to former steel and reinforced concrete buildings. First application examples, such as our 25 King office building in Brisbane, Australia or the university building of NTU Singapore, are already making a convincing impression.

SDG 12 – Responsible consumption & production

Since timber buildings can be dismantled at the end of their life and individual components recycled, they ensure sustainable consumption and production. Ultimately, the components can even be recycled for energy, so there is no construction waste that has to be sent to landfill.

SDG 13 - Climate action

Wood extends the forest's carbon stores: Every cubic metre of wood used binds approximately one tonne of CO2 during the life of the building. Timber construction is therefore a key measure for climate protection.

Find out more in our common good report
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