Woodea Presents Its Latest Report at The District: Industrialized Low-Impact Construction
The real estate fair The District, held in Barcelona from October 20 to 22, has been the chosen stage for the presentation of the report “Low-Impact Industrialized Construction.” A study that reveals that a building with a technical wood structure is more cost-effective and reduces carbon emissions, waste, and water consumption.
Low-Impact Industrialized Construction Debated at The District
Once again, The District has been the setting where Woodea presented the findings of a new study that confirms that, despite the belief that building with technical wood incurs extra costs, the reality is that this is substantially offset by reduced timelines, providing significant advantages for both real estate developers and society.
This is a pioneering report in the industry based on a comparative analysis of three specific cases focused on three crucial dimensions: water, waste, and carbon. Conducted by the impact experts’ team at Zubi Group and supported by comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data –considered by the European Commission as the optimal methodological framework for assessing the environmental impacts of products- this report marks a significant step toward sustainable construction and offers concrete solutions for an effective transition.
Octavi Uyà, CEO of Woodea, accompanied by Pedro Olazabal, Head of Impact at Zubi Group, presented the comparative Life Cycle Assessment analysis of the Madreselva building and its two variants: a traditional construction with a concrete structure and a construction with a technical wood structure.
The result concludes that technical wood construction, in addition to being more cost-effective due to the benefits obtained, reduces carbon emissions by 80% during construction, waste by 31%, and water consumption by 33%.
One of the study’s highlights is the demonstration that it is possible to achieve minimal energy consumption in buildings, with most coming from renewable sources. This marks a significant milestone in reducing the carbon footprint of construction in line with the EU’s proposals. It also reinforces the importance of going beyond general reports and focusing on real measurements and designs that allow verifying the benefits of technical wood and discovering key levers for more sustainable construction.
On the other hand, water availability in the Mediterranean basin, in a context of climate change, becomes a growing challenge. The study “Low-Impact Industrialized Construction” addresses this issue, evaluating how technical wood construction can contribute to responsible water management. Similarly, technical wood construction also makes a difference in waste reduction compared to other construction options. Concrete, although widely used in construction, generates significant greenhouse gas emissions and difficult-to-reuse waste at the end of its lifespan.
Woodea proposes technical wood as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative, highlighting its economic and environmental benefits in the construction industry. Against the widespread idea that technical wood construction entails an extra cost compared to concrete, the study takes on this belief, proving that this extra cost is offset by the 18% reduction in execution time, which has a significant economic impact for developers. The initial higher expenditure, which amounts to 7% in the material execution budget when opting for technical wood as a construction material, is substantially mitigated by the inherent acceleration of timelines in dry construction, reducing the final project’s additional cost to a margin of 1.5 to 2%.
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“As the world faces increasingly urgent environmental challenges, the construction industry is called to lead the transition towards more sustainable practices. Woodea takes on this challenge with its latest study, conducted in collaboration with the impact consultancy Hands-on Impact”.
Woodea at The District
In addition to the report presentation, The District has been an opportunity for Woodea to meet other professionals in the industry, share moments, and create synergies. The event that defines the future strategy of the international real estate sector, of which we have been partners, took place over three days at Fira Barcelona – Gran Via. Our booth has been the meeting point for all members of the alliance for decarbonization of buildings: Woodea, Zubi Cities, Distrito Natural, and Valgreen.
On Wednesday, September 20, Octavi Uyà participated in the panel “Real Estate Disrupted: Challenges and Opportunities for Developers” alongside Màrius Cuadrat (ADDIENT), Guillermo Guzman Alonso-Allende (Iberdrola Inmobiliaria), and Alejandro Aguirre de Carcer (Brains Real Estate). A discussion on the impact of sector challenges: consumer preferences, new technologies, regulatory evolution, economic uncertainty… Factors that influence timelines, costs, and profitability. Octavi pointed out:
What we are doing is digitizing the entire process, and from the design stage, we perform what is called “Design for Manufacturing and Assembly,” so when we are designing, we are already thinking about how it will be produced and assembled.
Ultimately, The District has allowed us to continue promoting our industrialized construction model and gain a set of experiences that have made us learn and grow as a team.