Sustainability

WG sustainability has the task communicating the benefits of using wood for a sustainable society and in mitigating climate change to the politicans and legislators.

This work translates a.o. in the publication of the following useful documents and positions:

 Position papers

  • Position Paper on the Commission’s Roadmap 2050-role of wood and wood products
    CEI-Bois advocates among others for the following actions: legal requirements for a certain amount of wood in buildings, better Harmonized building regulations, and recognition of the positive role of wood in housing in the green building rating schemes which are currently in operation.

  • Position paper "Tackle climate change-Build with Wood
    Wood and wood-based industry is part of the solution to a competitive low carbon economy. Numerous international scientific studies have found that wood in construction involve lower greenhouse gas emissions. This publication shows some results using standard methods to calculate the environmental impact of using wood in constructions.

  • Position paper on the Sustainable Buildings Communication
    There are both economic and environmental  advantages in building with wood. For multi-storey buildings, the construction period can be reduced  up to 80% and the CO2 emissions up to 85% using wood. Research shows that using timber constructions  is good for the climate.

Factsheets

  • Factsheet on CEN TC 350 activities
    CEN/TC 350 is responsible for the development of voluntary horizontal standardized methods for the assessment of the sustainability aspects of new and existing construction works and for standards for the environmental product declaration of construction products.

  • Factsheet on Building with wood
    Wood has many benefits as a building material when compared with other materials: low weight in relation to its strength and load bearing capacity, flexibility and advantages in seismic zones.
  • Factsheet on Environmental Products Declarations
    Manufacturers of construction products have been increasingly confronted with requests for information on the environmental performance of their products. Environmental product declarations allow communication of the environmental performance of a product based on an independently verified life cycle assessment (LCA) in a transparent and credible way.
  • Factsheet on indoor air quality and emissions of volatile organic compounds
    Indoor Air Quality  and emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from building materials and products are on the political agenda as well as items for standardization. The  Sustainability WG  proposes to create a database in order to increase knowledge and be better prepared with relevant data if limit values are to be set.
  • Factsheet on Green Building rating systems
    Green building rating schemes award credits for building features that support sustainable design and environmental performance in categories such as location and maintenance of the building site, energy efficiency, water management, performance of building materials, comfort and health of the occupants.
  • Factsheet on carbon footprints
    The term ‘carbon footprint’ is widely used to indicate the contribution of human and industrial activities in terms of carbon emissions

Sustainable buildings

Standardization

  • Mapping of CEN and ISO representation in LCA related groups (members only, under request)
  • CEN TC 350 Sustainability of construction works
  • Factsheet on CEN TC 350 activities
  • Published standards:
    • EN 15978 Sustainability of construction works, assessment of environmental performance of building
    • EN 15804 Environmental product declarations
  • CEN TC 175 Round and sawn timber
  • CEN TC 411 Bio-based products