Achieving national climate targets due to timber construction

19.06.2020

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The parliament took a firm vote in favor of the implementation of the Paris Climate Convention. The construction industry is now under obligation and must significantly reduce its CO2 emissions. This is only possible by dispensing with steel, reinforced concrete and brick in building construction. The know-how and raw materials for the adjustments are available.

  After lengthy discussions, the National Council concluded its deliberations on the CO2 Act on 10 June 2020. In the overall vote, the proposal for the concrete implementation of the Paris Climate Convention was clearly adopted - by 135 votes to 59 with one abstention. Switzerland must halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. The total revision of the CO2 Act sets the course for meeting this obligation.


Construction industry in the duty 

Depending on the source, up to 40 percent of global CO2 emissions are attributed to construction. The construction industry is therefore obliged to reduce CO2 emissions and thus make its contribution to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. Buildings with steel, reinforced concrete and brick in structural engineering cause a massively high CO2 emission during production. And the alternative is growing in quantities on our doorstep: Timber!     


Building - climate killer or climate savior? 

Concrete consists of gravel and cement as a binding material. It must also be reinforced with steel. These three building materials are extremely harmful to the climate: the 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 completely 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 metre of wood thus stores around one tonne of CO2 in the long term. Anyone who wants to make a contribution to climate protection is nowadays building with wood.


Wood construction - inhabitable CO2 storage 

The aim is to store carbon beyond the life cycle of a tree. This is exactly what Timbatec has been committed to for over twenty years. Used in the supporting structures of buildings, the CO2 remains bound in the wood used. Larger wooden buildings thus store several thousand tonnes of CO2 in the long term.   


In our magazine you can find out how you can build new living and working spaces and make a contribution to climate protection at the same time.  

 
 
 

Switzerland:

Headquarters

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Niesenstrasse 1, 3600 Thun

Tel: +41 58 255 15 10

thun@timbatec.ch


Zürich Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Ausstellungsstrasse 36, 8005 Zürich

Tel: +41 58 255 15 20

zuerich@timbatec.ch


Bern Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Falkenplatz 1, 3012 Bern

Tel: +41 58 255 15 30

bern@timbatec.ch

Austria:

Headquarters Vienna (A) 

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers GmbH
Im Werd 6/31a, 1020 Wien 
Tel: +43 720 2733 01

wien@timbatec.at


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