Local politicians on timber house safari

The growing interest in timber-frame construction continues. 25 municipalities from southern Sweden are represented today at this year’s timber house safari in Växjö, arranged jointly by Södra, the Kronoberg County Administrative Board, the Municipality of Växjö and Linnaeus University. During the day, the participants will move from modern forestry to the living environments of tomorrow.

“Timber is the only renewable building material, and it absorbs CO₂ both in the forest and in the houses that are built. Increasing the proportion of new construction in timber is therefore essential for addressing climate change as effectively as possible,” said Södra’s Chairman Lena Ek.

The timber house safari is an arena for local politicians to gain new knowledge, exchange best practice and see how a modern timber city is constructed. The current market share for multi-storey timber-frame buildings is about 10 percent of new construction. Växjö is evolving into a modern timber city, with the target that 50 percent of all municipal construction will be timber-framed by 2020.

“It is gratifying that more municipalities are thinking climate-smart in their construction process. If we want to reduce CO₂ emissions in the housing and construction sector, increasing the proportion of timber-frame construction is crucial. But supplies are also needed to meet the growing demand, and this is where Södra sees major potential. We have been developing forest products for almost 80 years, and that journey will continue with our investment decision to commence the production of cross-laminated timber,” says Lena Ek.

For more information, please contact:
Tomas Bengtsson, Production technology manager, Södra Wood
E-mail: tomas.bengtsson@sodra.com
Telefon: +46 (0)470-89273

Södra’s Pressroom,
Tel: +46 (0)470-890 90
E-mail: press@sodra.com

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry. 

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Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 51,000 forest owners. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with 3,400 employees around the world. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion. Balancing production efficiency with nature conservation guides everything that we do. We produce timber, interior wood products, pulp for paper and textiles, and green energy. We use every part of the tree, and are always looking to develop new products from this fantastic, renewable raw material. Södra is a world-leading producer of market pulp and also owns one of the largest sawmill operations in Europe. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

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