Camilla Fabricius is Member of Parliament & Housing Commitee, Socialdemokratiet, and 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. In the debate, politicians and decision makers in Denmark will discuss the use of wood in construction projects, political initiatives and the new voluntary sustainability class.
In this post, you can read an interview with Camilla Fabricius.
What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?
To me, wood used for construction is a huge opportunity for the green transition to really get on its tracks – which is so important to our planet, as well as the future of mankind. Big words I know, but so is the potential.
How do you work with wood?
As an elected member of the Danish Parliament, I don’t work with wood as such – although I sometimes wish I did. As a politician, I believe in looking for ways to advance our society in the directions most needed. That is why I am here, to educate myself in making a difference politically. No matter how simple or inevitable things may seem, there is always a political dimension – and therefore also potential for change.
From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?
The environmental perspective is the most appealing selling point for most people. But I also see a will towards exploring the way wooden constructions have some potential in terms of its influence on how we live together. This industry wants to do more than just put a roof over people’s heads, and I salute that. I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar on the benefits from building in wood at the University of Copenhagen, and an architect said something like: “If you build it beautifully, it will last longer.” Good piece of advice.
From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?
Building in wood is a growing industry, but for most mainstream politicians, political parties and even everyday citizens, it might still be considered a somehow alternative way of building. I think we need a broad national consensus that has the vision, courage and will to initiate large scale building in wood. I am talking about living space for thousands of families. But to do that, we must establish a system that defines both building parameters, material parameters and the channels used to recycle the wood from one production into another. The key is to protect the wood and to keep it in use as long as possible.
In order to go large-scale, we also need to face the concerns of not only the insurance companies , but indeed also the public – after all, they are what guides most politicians. We need to explain the fire hazard with science and fact over and over again in order to soothe those sometimes undue concerns.
How do you think the industry for wooden constructions will develop within the next 5-10 years?
Plant trees, grow trees, use trees – then start over. It is a beautiful circle, and every time we go around, we remove more poison from our atmosphere. What’s not to like? That is why I think the industry will grow and play a huge part in defining how we are going to live together in the future. I think there is a huge potential for the industry as people open their eyes to see how wise building in wood is in several ways.
What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?
It is my intention to try to initiate a constructive dialogue: How to make room for the political dimension in your projects. How to spot opportunities to inspire and influence legislation on a national scale. If this agenda is supposed to reach top political level – and I certainly hope so – we must discuss it, not only behind closed doors, but directly with the people that are supposed to incorporate this in their ways life.
What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?
I hope that we all can return to our homes, knowing that we’re not alone with our passion for the environmentally sound building in wood.
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 Camilla Fabricius and the other politicians in the debate.