Wood is one of the few natural resources which offer the combination of structural strength, elasticity, thermal efficiency, renewability and CO2 neutrality.
Although the wood-processing industries are still suffering from a weak economy, the future prospects are bright, not only for traditional wood products such as furniture, flooring, windows and doors, but in particular for the construction industry. New developments in lamination processes will lead to an increase in demand for softwood as housing markets improve.
Hardwood species such as beech and birch are also finding new applications in residential and commercial building construction. For example, a structural beam which has a hardwood top and bottom layer has a higher static value than a softwood beam and, therefore, can have a smaller cross-section to reduce dead space, decrease building costs and increase usable room volume.