Growing Demand for Climate-Friendly Construction: Could Wood Architecture Become One of Finland’s Exports?


The Wood Wonders exhibition to be opened at Helsinki Airport on the 5th of February will show passengers the innovations related to wood construction and display the sector’s latest developments.

When flying over Finland, it’s impossible to miss just how much forest there is. Wood, or as Finns call it, ‘green gold’, can be processed into pulp, paper, building materials and various other products.

With the help of research and the latest production technologies, amazing new properties are continually being found in wood, wood fibre and the fibre binder, lignin. This means that wood-based products can be used to replace plastics, adhesives, solvents and many other environmentally harmful products.

The Wood Wonders exhibition, organised by Aalto University, will present the possibilities of wood as a building material, and the latest developments in wood research. The exhibition is part of the long-term cooperation between Aalto University and the airport operator Finavia.

Wood-based wonders are urgently needed - According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the buildings and construction sector account for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, 11% of which resulted from manufacturing building materials and products such as steel, cement and glass.

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