Greenhouse gas benefits of wooden building materials

Kim Pingoud

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Wooden building materials have obvious greenhouse benefits when they substitute functionally equivalent but more energy-intensive materials, and these benefits appear to be higher than those of other biomass uses. Wood materials also serve as a temporary biogenic carbon stock which can potentially be recycled for energy after its useful life. Numerical estimates of carbon emission displacement factors for wooden building materials, whole buildings and, for comparison, pure energy end-uses of wood are presented. The carbon balance of the Finnish forest sector and options for efficient wood use are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar
Subtitle of host publicationVTT and USDA Joint Activity
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7590-9
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7589-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 22 Sept 200923 Sept 2009

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


SeminarWood and Fiber Product Seminar


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