Living with Wood

There are many European countries, especially Nordic countries with abundant and sustainably-managed forests. Wood is one of our most commonly used materials due to its good availability, excellent material properties and unique sustainability. Wood is a renewable resource with an eco-efficient life-cycle; wood products can be reused, repaired, recycled and, at the end of their life, their energy can be recovered.

Take Sweden for example, about half of the sawmilling products go directly to the building sector. A major part of this is construction timber used for beams, studs and other load-bearing elements. Spruce/whitewood (also called Norwegian spruce) is the predominant species for building and construction timber. It is stress-graded and available in different strength classes.

Living with wood refers to the sector of the woodworking industry using timber for carpentry, doors, floors, windows, stairs, kitchen and bathroom furnishing, furniture, boats etc, which are close to people's daily life. Some sawmilling products are used for further processing. Indoor and outdoor paneling is a big segment, with many sawmills planing the timber to different profiles to provide a variety of panel types. In Sweden, spruce/whitewood is predominant for outdoor usage and pine/redwood (also called Scots pine) for interior decoration. While pine heartwood is chosen for its durability, for example in windows.

Today, many sectors require more specialized products from the sawmills, such as components kiln-dried to specific moisture contents, special profiles, mouldings, cross-laminated timber, glue line or straight-glued joints, prefabricated components for the industries making windows, doors, floors and furniture, pressure-treated timber, thermowood etc. The sawmilling products used are either further processed in the local woodworking industry or exported for further processing.

Living with wood-wood furniture

Architecture is a very sensual experience. Buildings are seen, heard, touched, smelled, tasted and understood. Wood - handled properly - picks up warm and velvety, creates vivid and ambiguous images, can enjoy the sense of smell, has resonance and sound. All the senses are obtained for the wood!

Wooden surfaces contribute significantly to the pleasant room climate, because wood effectively regulates the humidity of the room. Wood has a gentle influence on the immune system, because it absorbs pollutants from the air and diluted their concentration in a few hours up to one-tenth. Long term tests show that wood has a positive impact on the well-being of the people. Especially in large buildings, the generous use of wood prevents the otherwise often unpleasantly cold radiance.

Attic with wood
Attic with wood
Outdoor decking
Outdoor decking
Interior decoration of the auditorium Aucusticum in Piteå, Sweden
Interior decoration of the auditorium Aucusticum in Piteå, Sweden

 
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