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Why wood is the building material of the future - 3 trends

Stone, tile, concrete or something else? There are many materials that come into question when it comes to building and furnishing. In this article we take a closer look at where the market is headed.
Which materials we should use to build houses, offices or other properties is a constant topic of conversation in the construction industry. In addition to the building's surroundings, the project's budget or regulations from the municipality and region, it is often taste and taste that determine the choice. And this is where the trends come in, which interestingly suggest that this choice will increasingly become wood in the future.  

Trend 1: The quest to find more sustainable ways to build

Sustainability as a keyword in the construction industry has been mentioned increasingly frequently in recent years. Large construction companies have headlines such as "Sustainability is important to us", "This is how we work sustainably" and "We have come a long way in our sustainability work" on their websites. 
How does wood come into the picture here? Well, in that, firstly, it is a hundred percent renewable raw material. Secondly, the lifespan of wooden houses is long (about a hundred years). Third: wooden construction is economically sustainable, that is, cost-effective. 

Trend 2: It should be light, easy to transport and naturally renewable

Sara Kulturhus in Skellefteå, Sweden, is not only the world's third tallest wooden building. It is also a prime example of how society, politicians and the market want the houses of the future to look like. The architects of the building write that "here, the city's heritage of building in wood is combined with the latest engineering, which has made the project a role model in sustainable design and construction."
Wood is a light building material, it does not require large resources to be transported and it is naturally renewable (the building material is growing while you read this article). All of these are qualities that the market appreciates.

Trend 3: The desire to be exposed to natural, organic materials (biophilia)

Study after study shows how well people feel if they can squeeze and feel natural materials. This is called biophilia - the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living things. And that is why we increasingly see "green walls" with plants and leaves in corridors or outside office rooms. 
Speaking of "squeezing and feeling", wood is very pleasant and nice to hold in one's hand, for example in the form of a window handle or similar. 

Therefore wood

Wood stores carbon dioxide - the faster the forest grows, the more carbon dioxide is captured. From a climate perspective, it is therefore better to manage the forest and use the wood than to leave the forest untouched. The supply from the forest will not end. In addition, the growth in well-managed forests is much greater than the extraction of timber. Timber stocks are steadily increasing, which can provide an endless supply of building materials.
Wood has climate benefits in every construction phase. In the production phase the energy required for sawing and planing is low. The by-products bark and chips are used as biofuel. In the use phase, wood is a flexible material, easy to reassemble and expand. Wood can be reused; floors and windows, for example, can be recycled and used in another building. And in the final phase wood products can be used as biofuel and replace fossil fuels.

ROCA Industry's wood products

Within marine fittings, we have long offered teak details - flagpoles, grab rails and table tops.
In door fittings, we are proudly presenting an exciting and stylish pull handle - PH-708 Oak.


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