Next Article in Journal
Creating a Market for Disability Specific Housing on Indigenous Land: A Case Study from Yarrabah, Australia
Next Article in Special Issue
Laboratory Mix Design of Cold Bitumen Emulsion Mixtures Incorporating Reclaimed Asphalt and Virgin Aggregates
Previous Article in Journal
Image Post-Processing Method for Quantification of Cracking in RC Precast Beams under Bending
Previous Article in Special Issue
Durability and Compressive Strength of High Cement Replacement Ratio Self-Consolidating Concrete
Article Menu
Issue 11 (November) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Buildings 2018, 8(11), 159; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings8110159

Why Not Wood? Benefits and Barriers of Wood as a Multistory Construction Material: Perceptions of Municipal Civil Servants from Finland

1
Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
2
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), 00014 Helsinki, Finland
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 8 November 2018 / Accepted: 9 November 2018 / Published: 13 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Building Materials)
Full-Text   |   PDF [1010 KB, uploaded 13 November 2018]   |  

Abstract

As the construction sector continues to be associated with highly energy-intensive practices leading to excessive carbon emissions, governments in many countries are promoting a shift towards greener building practices, like the use of wood in multistory construction (WMC). Meanwhile, local-government actors (e.g., municipalities) often act as important gatekeepers of urban development given their authority to oversee or approve zoning and land-use plans. Despite this fact, they are not much focused on in existing WMC research. This qualitative interview study serves to fill a gap by studying municipal civil servant perceptions regarding WMC, using Finland as a case study. Civil servants were asked to elicit their personal opinions on WMC, and what they perceived as favorable or unfavorable about using wood as a multistory construction material. Results show increasing support for WMC, and that this is due to key benefits made possible by the technical qualities of engineered wood products in emerging WMC projects. These products permit both the adoption of rapid construction practices that enhance citizens’ quality of living, and also the sourcing of local renewable building materials that support local industries. On the other hand, barriers to the use of wood were identified, such as inadequate information distribution, a limited number of WMC industry actors, and inefficient policy measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood; multistory construction; path dependency; sustainable built environment; municipal perceptions wood; multistory construction; path dependency; sustainable built environment; municipal perceptions
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Franzini, F.; Toivonen, R.; Toppinen, A. Why Not Wood? Benefits and Barriers of Wood as a Multistory Construction Material: Perceptions of Municipal Civil Servants from Finland. Buildings 2018, 8, 159.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Buildings EISSN 2075-5309 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top