Laminated Timber as a Plus-Energy-Product

Energy Costs
More energy can be produced from the remnants of timber products than is required in order to produce timber products. This is the reason why it is justified to define timber as a plus-energy-product. Hence it follows that timber clearly outperforms any other comparable building material. To some extent this can be attributed to the fact that timber is a lightweight product with an extraordinary strength and stability. Further to that, the cellular structure of timber serves as a natural insulator by trapping air in its cell walls. Consequently, timber is not a very effective heat-conductor and timber buildings need far less energy than steel and concrete buildings. As the moisture content in timber buildings is balanced naturally, the climate in timber buildings is also very healthy and comfortable.

As a result from these advantages it seems logical that timber is more and more used as a very attractive and energy-efficient building material.