Also in terms of the environmental impact, this naturally sustainable and climate-neutral material has a further advantage: compared to concrete, wood retains more greenhouse gases than it emits during its production, processing and transportation – and so becomes a kind of CO2 store. In a manner of speaking, villages and towns made up of wooden buildings would act as a kind of alternative forest because the carbon would remain contained within the wood. For example, during the building of the HoHo in Vienna and compared to conventional construction methods using steel and concrete, around 2,800 tonnes of CO2 were saved – which is equivalent to driving your car 40 km a day for 1,300 years.
Here at EGGER we are creating the future of construction.
At EGGER we have taken our first step in the creation of a multi-storey wooden building with architect Bruno Moser and the construction company Saurer which specialises in building in wood. At our main site at St. Johann in Tirol we have created our "EGGER Stammhaus". This four-storey office building is comprised primarily of the wooden composite OSB 4 TOP – and is a clear demonstration of how successful wood can be in large, multi-storey design.
Step by step, floor by floor
The advance of wooden skyscrapers and the first actual buildings demonstrate that the future is wood, reaching high to touch the sky – an attractive yet modern way in which to combine nature with city life.