New year - new laws



On January 1, 2021, several ordinances and laws came into force that favor timber construction. The CO₂ Ordinance requires that global warming be kept below 2 degrees Celsius. The BöB is a return to quality competition - where timber construction is ahead of the game.

On November 25, 2020, the Federal Council brought the revised CO₂ Ordinance into force on January 1, 2021. This extends key climate protection instruments until the end of 2021. The Paris target of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius and, if possible, limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius has finally been enshrined in law. To achieve this goal, Switzerland aims to halve its emissions by 2030, with three-quarters of this reduction to take place domestically. The goal is to be climate neutral by 2050.

Building industry under obligation

Depending on the source, up to 40 percent of global CO₂ emissions are attributed to construction. The construction industry therefore has a duty to reduce CO₂ emissions. Buildings with steel and concrete cause massively high CO₂ emissions during production. Cement production alone is responsible for five to eight percent of global CO₂ emissions. One cubic meter of reinforced concrete causes around 500 kg of CO₂ emissions during its production.  

The situation is quite different with wood: The naturally renewable building material requires only solar energy and water for its production. As it grows, a tree converts CO₂ into oxygen thanks to photosynthesis. Each cubic meter of wood thus stores around one ton of CO₂ in the long term. If you want to make a contribution to climate protection, you build with wood today.      

Public procurement law 

The new public procurement law (BöB) has also been in force since January 1. Here, a paradigm shift towards more sustainability and quality competition is taking place. The BöB applies to public building owners. They have an annual order volume of around 40 billion Swiss francs. And it has an impact on the entire economy, because it sets a new standard for procurement.

Procuring good quality is a benefit for all. Excessive price weighting has inhibited suppliers from offering innovative solutions. New award criteria such as "innovation" make it possible to reward good solutions. BöB is therefore an opportunity for even more timber construction projects and innovative technologies such as TS3. Let's seize it!  

Timbatec wishes everyone a good start into a successful year 2021. We are looking forward to exciting projects together with you.

TS3 Bundeshaus


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