Building more timber framed homes could save Ireland “millions of tonnes” of carbon emissions compared to masonry construction, according to one leading industry body.
Ibec’s Forestry Industries Ireland group said there is a growing demand for timber in Irish construction as the “environmental credentials” of wood for building is “increasingly recognised”.
The IBEC group has highlighted that a typical timber frame home contains contains around “7 cubic metres of wood” while an average timber frame built home “saves about 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions”.
Mark McAuley, director of Forest Industries Ireland, said:
“If we look at the demand for 33,000 homes per annum in the Government’s Housing for All, ten years of building those as timber frame would save millions of tonnes of CO2 compared to masonry construction.