Resource efficiency in multi-storey wooden buildings

Sirje Vares, Tarja Häkkinen

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    Abstract

    Sustainable use of natural resources is essential in lean construction. Resource efficiency brings responsibilities' for all actors in the whole building value chain. In wooden construction sustainable use of natural resources starts with sustainable forestry, but the design process is responsible for designing resource efficient solutions which are durable, material and energy efficient and long lasting. This paper focuses on studying resource consumption and consequent GHG impacts. The results are given for two wooden prefabricated multi-storey building technologies: for the construction with large elements and for box-modules. Life cycle based material flow accounting shows that the lightweight nature of wooden structures embodies efficiency in resource use. However it depends also on building shape, compactness and the type of on designed solutions. When the intensity of other materials is high enough and the building design is not favourable the final result for the wooden building can be on the same level with concrete buildings. This study clarifies the understanding about material efficiency in wooden buildings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering
    PublisherVienna University of Technology
    ISBN (Electronic)9783903039001
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2016 - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 22 Aug 201625 Aug 2016

    Conference

    Conference2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2016
    Abbreviated titleWCTE 2016
    CountryAustria
    CityVienna
    Period22/08/1625/08/16

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    Wooden buildings
    Natural resources
    natural resource
    resource
    sustainable forestry
    Wooden construction
    architectural design
    resource use
    Concrete buildings
    natural resources
    life cycle
    material flow analysis
    construction technology
    Life cycle
    supply chain
    energy
    material
    sustainable use

    Keywords

    • Multi-storey buildings
    • Recourse consumption
    • Resource efficiency
    • Wooden construction

    Cite this

    Vares, S., & Häkkinen, T. (2016). Resource efficiency in multi-storey wooden buildings. In WCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering Vienna University of Technology.
    Vares, Sirje ; Häkkinen, Tarja. / Resource efficiency in multi-storey wooden buildings. WCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering. Vienna University of Technology, 2016.
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    Vares S, Häkkinen T. Resource efficiency in multi-storey wooden buildings. In WCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering. Vienna University of Technology. 2016