MORE WOOD LESS CO2

As we all know CO2 emissions are the main cause that leads to global warming and as time passes by and as we live in a consumer society where the economy’s only concern is to grow, the CO2 emission levels do not seem to slow down, they are actually going up as you read.

What is the solution you may ask? Well, we can start by each and every one of us doing our part, from recycling more, buying fewer plastic products to more significant changes like building eco-friendly houses.

Wanting to do more on our part, we at ERGIO, not only recycle all our waste material but also created our inner company micro-ecosystem, as sustainability is one of our core values. The remaining scrap wood from our production is not simply thrown away, it is reused in various ways.

The bigger remaining parts are joined together using the finger joint method in order to create larger pieces that can again be used in the manufacturing process. Another way that we use the remaining wood is by designing decor elements such as wood pavers.

The smaller pieces are used în our fully automated thermal power plants which control the heating for the drying treatment for each piece of wood used în production. We use the excess thermal power to heat all buildings on the premises of our company, during the cold season.

To close the circle we use the waste that comes from these thermal power plants în our greenhouse, as the ash works very well as a fertilizer for our plants and vegetables. And with this we complete our micro-ecosystem.

 

As we know mother nature always comes with the best solutions, and in this case, too, it provides us with one of the most important resources regarding building materials, and that resource is wood.
Wood as a resource is not only important because it stores a great amount of CO2 but it is also a renewable resource, therefore it is the best solution when talking about eco-friendly houses or passive houses, not to mention it is the best answer to the new NZEB regulations.

Using wood rather than other construction materials reduces CO2 emissions in two ways, the first aspect is that wood captures and stores considerable volumes of CO2 and the second aspect is that by deciding on wood as a building resource, you avoid alternative materials that produce CO2, such as concrete, or other materials that have a great carbon dioxide footprint when being produced.

To have a clearer picture of the impact let us talk about numbers and compare the 2 most used materials in the building industry: wood and concrete. A simple study has shown that one square meter of wooden wall stores about 80 kg of CO2 and produces only 30kg in the manufacturing process, while producing one square meter of concrete wall emits 120 kg of CO2. 

Summing this up, if wood has a negative balance of -50 kg of CO2 and concrete a positive one of 120 kg of CO2 the wood used in construction reduces the CO2 in the atmosphere with 170 kg of CO2/square meter. 

In the US every minute new forests add up to 50000 cubic feet of wood growth and this means the newly grown wood  captures around 800 million metric tons of CO2. Every year around 30  million tons of CO2 are accumulated in new wood products.

All this being said, it is up to us what we want to put out in the world and we should be responsible with every decision we make, especially considering the times we are living in, times when we realize how important health and nature are.

Let us do as much as we can to reduce our footprint!

 

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