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  • 30% of new houses in Russia to be built from wood

    2017 - 06.26

    In a recent boost for the timber industry, it's been announced that a third of new houses in Russia are to be built from wood.

    The corresponding decision was taken following a meeting between the Finance Minister of Russia, Anton Siluanov, and the Head of the Commerce and Industry Ministry, Denis Manturov, which was held in early May.

    Mr Manturov spoke on the importance of developing the forestry industry and outlined how the creation of new pulp, paper and board plants and wooden construction development will become the priorities of the timber processing complex development.

    Deputy Head of the Commerce and Industry Ministry, Viktor Evtukhov, said “A share of wooden housing construction might increase up to 30% of a total number of residential buildings under construction.”

    The Ministry of Construction is currently working out measures for the development of these wooden housing constructions, and norms and standards for designing several storey houses with the use of new materials meeting the “green construction” requirements are being advanced.

    Wooden housing construction is becoming an increasingly popular option globally, as people look for a strong and greener alternative to steel and concrete. The timber market is set to see a marked boost in investments response to this.

    Cees de Jager, general manager of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, said “Wood buildings offer tremendous economic and environmental benefits.”

    According to a research by Chad Oliver, a forest ecologist at Yale University, the building industry could curb up to 31% of global carbon emissions by substituting concrete and steel with wood from sustainably managed forests.

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