The use of concrete and steel, based on cement and iron, respectively, are significant emitters of greenhouse gases.

Additionally, a stabilized forest absorbs very little CO2 because, as trees decompose or burn in fires, they release the absorbed CO2 back into the atmosphere.

On the contrary, wood grown in actively managed forests for timber production absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. When this wood is used in construction, the building sequesters that carbon, and the managed forest can plant new trees that will absorb CO2 from the atmosphere again.

Cut Tree Save Forest

With this new approach to how our forests should be treated, and with a vision based on sustainability and certified wood, we address the issue of deforestation versus the massive use of wood in building construction.

Having a rich forest cover is not synonymous with having a healthy forest. Analysts feel that a new way of thinking about forests is needed to make the most of them.

The challenging phrase “Cut Trees, Save Forest” is a call to new forest thinking. Forest analysts believe that too much of anything is harmful, and a poorly managed forest cover is also damaging.

There is widespread forest growth in Europe, but this is not a (so) good sign; it indicates abandonment of farmland, neglect of rural areas at the expense of urban growth. This increase in forest cover has occurred at the expense of farmland and grasslands.

On the other hand, overgrown forests are also more vulnerable to wildfires. Therefore, thinning out forests is important. Many trees also disrupt groundwater supply.

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Well-being

Wood has been used as a construction material for millennia, but the biophilic benefits of it are recently being studied and understood. While many people agree that wood is visually pleasing, researchers are discovering that wood can contribute to the health and well-being of building occupants.

One of the main causes of health problems in modern society is stress, which causes symptoms such as anxiety, difficulty concentrating, or social interaction.

Studies are being developed on how the phenomenon known as BIOPHILIA affects people’s behavior and well-being.

Research from the U.S., Canada, Austria, and other countries found that humans automatically relax when surrounded by elements of the natural world.

Another 2010 study conducted by the University of British Columbia in Canada demonstrated the stress-reducing effects of wood and plants in an office environment by measuring the two branches of the autonomic nervous system responsible for human responses to stress.

Until recently, the connection between wooden interiors and productivity has been anecdotal; however, new studies and experiments are gradually verifying the direct relationship between biophilia and well-being in workplaces and productivity.