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Building in wood is the future

Woodsafe contributes to the increasing sustainable construction of wooden houses by impregnating construction companies’ wood raw materials for long-term fire protection.

Construction Sweden’s challenges

Sweden is facing major challenges – we urgently need to invest in more homes and expanded infrastructure while rapidly reducing climate-impacting emissions. The construction and property sectors in Sweden account for one-fifth of Sweden’s emissions, and the total climate impact from construction processes in Sweden corresponds to emissions from all Swedish passenger cars. This is why we must take swift and forceful action if we wish to meet Sweden’s climate neutrality target by 2045. From this perspective, we cannot put all our hopes in carbon-neutral steel and green concrete in the future. The construction and property sectors need to focus much more on the building materials best suited for our climate – ones that are available here and now.

The solution – Build more in wood

Part of the solution to the climate crisis is already available: build much more in wood than what we do today. With industrial construction in wood, both material consumption and energy use can be significantly optimised. In addition, forests are a renewable resource that function as an active carbon sink and are thus essential from a climate perspective. In managed forestry, where felling and replanting are done responsibly, vast amounts of carbon dioxide can be extracted from the atmosphere and sequestered in both buildings and the forest.

How Woodsafe contributes to more building in wood

Woodsafe contributes to the increasing sustainable construction of wooden houses by impregnating construction companies’ wood raw materials for long-term fire protection. Our fire retardant treatment enables high-quality wooden building construction with sustainable fire protection and exceptional specifications.

Woodsafe’s value chain

All buildings are subject to fire protection requirements. Our mission is to provide quality-assured fire-retardant treated wood (FRTW). In this way, Woodsafe enables more wooden houses to be built on a foundation of sustainability.

Sustainable communities are built with the climate-smart, resource-efficient use of Sweden’s forests, which capture carbon dioxide over the forest’s life cycle. For each tree used, our partners plant two new ones.

If a building has been demolished or modified, Woodsafe products can be reused in new buildings provided that dismantling takes place carefully. Otherwise, it can be chipped and used as feedstock in municipal CHP plants.

Woodsafe’s impregnation meets several different fire class requirements in a single process, offering great opportunities to reuse the product in other buildings without having to renew the fire-retardant treatment. Consult Woodsafe!

Verified documentation is needed to build the sustainable communities of the future

We have identified a major demand for expert advice on products. Uncertainty is a fact, and we will add value for the industry through our experience and know-how.

Document what’s being built
As more and more developers choose to build with wood, whether for facade cladding or entire structures, the many players involved face having to select wood products that meet specific fire safety requirements. Building with wood is one thing, but building with fire-retardant treated wood places requires more understanding of how the wood product can be used and what the installation requirements are, depending on the product’s fire class rating. Factors like installation condition, air gaps, insulation, and wood thickness and density play a decisive role in deciding whether or not to procure a certain product.

Woodsafe sees a risk in downstream users looking only at cost and fire class designation but disregarding the installation prerequisites and suitability for end use. Using a wood product that meets fire safety requirements without considering installation conditions and other characteristics does not spell out sustainable construction for the future.

Require documentation for long-term sustainable construction
Woodsafe can provide expertise and advice. Since 2008, we have been subject to third-party production control including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliance. We can and will be able to help address downstream users’ questions and doubts. This we do for ourselves, for the industry, and for a sustainable Sweden.