Annette Christensen: Knowledge is crucial to increase the use of wood in the construction sector

10/06/2020 Emmilie Hansen

Annette Christensen is Industry Sector Executive at the Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries (Træ- og møbelindustrien). She is part of the political debate “How can politics and legislation enable the growth of wood in construction in Denmark?” at Build in Wood 25-26 August, where she will discuss political initiatives and wood in construction projects in Denmark with politicians and decision makers. (The debate will be in English)

 In this post, you can read an interview with Annette Christensen.

What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Wood is an amazing material that can play a substantial role in the green transition of our society.

How do you and Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries work with wood?

At the Association of Danish Wood and Furniture Industries we have 300 member companies. Most of them use wood. They make the chair you sit on. The kitchen where you cook. The window you are looking out of. And the rafters your roof is on.

From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

The interest in wood as a construction material is growing. However, people who not part of the wood sector are often not aware that choosing wood and timber solutions can save carbon emissions. We need to raise awareness about this.

From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today? What are the challenges?

Knowledge is crucial if we are to increase the use of wood in the construction sector. In the wood sector we are really good at sharing knowledge with each other. However, we need to become better at sharing our knowledge with people outside the sector. Decision makers at all levels need to be made aware that wooden buildings are among the solutions to climate change. Mr. and Mrs. Denmark need to be aware of this. Builders need to know as well as politicians. In addition, we need to train more engineers with knowledge of wood structures in order to change the business as usual building strategy.

What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

We need to focus a lot more on the carbon footprint of materials used in the construction sector. It is not easy, but it is important. Like Albert Einstein said ”Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count”. The new voluntary sustainability class within the building code contains a requirement to make a life cycle assessment of the overall climate impact of the building. This is an important step in the right direction. We need more knowledge and more practice in assessing the carbon footprint, so we can calculate what the CO2 load is per square meter.

What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

I hope the participants at Build in Wood in 2020 will get new insights and ideas on what kind of knowledge it is important to share with decisionmakers outside the wood sector.

Do you want to hear more about political initiatives and join the debate?

Sign up for Build in Wood at Docken on 25-26 August and join Annette Christensen and the other decision makers in the debate.

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