Our work for sustainability is a priority
Our systematic environmental work is based on meeting requirements for a sustainable environment, handling chemical products, choosing the right chemical products, electricity for our entire business is produced by our own solar energy plant, all heat energy comes from our own biofuel plant which is fired with wood pellets. Several of our customers and customers request that Woodsafe is certified according to ISO 14001: 2015 for our systematic sustainable environmental work. Our work with continuous improvement and prevention of pollution includes the following:
- Minimize energy and electricity consumption for the entire business, including production facilities
- Reduce waste where possible and sort all residual waste, to choose recycled materials or by-products for our daily operations, e.g. wooden packaging, recycled plastic for packaging
- Small details make a big difference, so we have also replaced all lighting with LED in thousands of square production space, which reduces electricity consumption by 60 %
- All our trucks are modern electric trucks
- Our electricity comes from our solar energy plant, which covers our entire annual needs
- Our heat energy comes from our own biofuel plant which is fired with residual products from the sawmill industry, pellet biofuel.
Durability in three dimensions
Environmental sustainability is often described as defining or being the basis for the other two sustainability components for social and economic sustainability. It is about the earth's ecosystem and to maintain its desired functions in the long term, e.g. production of food and energy, offering clean water, climate control, recreation, etc.
The main component of Woodsafe flame retardant impregnated cladding and panels is various types of wood such as spruce, pine, birch, cedar, larch, oak and others. All wood comes from sustainable forestry, which is a renewable material, the only renewable building material used on a large scale. In our climate in the Nordic countries, the material is usually regenerated within 100 years with only the sun and nature as the source.
Thus, Woodsafe fire-protected wood has great advantages over other building materials in terms of both production and recycling. It is beneficial for long-term conservation of the desired functions of the earth's ecosystem. EPD documentation is available through some of our partners.
There are different definitions of the concept of economic sustainability. Here it is to be understood as an economic development that does not have any negative consequences for environmental or social sustainability. Thus, an increase in economic capital must not occur at the expense of a decrease in natural or social capital.
In this perspective, Woodsafe flame retardant impregnated cladding and panels stands very well in comparison with many other building materials. The energy used to extract wood products for construction purposes from the forest is significantly lower than for corresponding construction products of other materials. In addition, a large part of the energy used is bioenergy (eg as an energy source in impregnation processes), which is carbon neutral.
Carbon dioxide emissions to produce a square meter of surface in a building erected using wood building technology are thus significantly lower than if another building technique is used. The magnitude of the energy difference between a building or a building mainly made of wood and a built of mainly other materials is, of course, dependent on the design of the building and the building technique used. However, it can generally be stated that the energy consumption "from the cradle to the gate", that is, from raw material extraction to finished building, is significantly lower for both small houses and multi-dwelling houses if wooden building technology is used instead of concrete or steel building technology.
All in all, this means that flame retardant impregnated cladding and panels is an economically sustainable choice as it does not have any negative consequences for environmental or social sustainability.
Social sustainability here means a development that meets today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Woodsafe flame retardant impregnated cladding and panels meets these criteria well. The two most important factors for this are that the raw material wood is renewable and that the manufacturing process itself consumes less energy than alternative material choices.
This means that generation after generation can benefit from the cycle that applies to wood products. It starts with the trees forming oxygen through photosynthesis as they grow and continues with harvesting, production, construction, re-use and recycling through energy recovery which gives back carbon dioxide to the photosynthesis.