Using wood instead of concrete and steel in building houses leads to multiple benefits: first of all it reduces greenhouse gas emissions; secondly it contributes in decreasing waste, costs and pollution in the construction sector; and finally it creates a healthy and sustainable built environment. Wood has always been used to build structures, but, due to the disastrous fires of the past, it started to be seen as potentially dangerous. However, in recent years wood came back to the spotlight thanks to its properties, versatility and the architectural possibilities it opens.
This is especially true for mass timber, which performs well in case of fire and earthquake, and which also allows for a quick construction costs, especially as compared to traditional buildings.
But if building a sustainable wooden house is not enough (or is not feasible at the moment), you can start playing your part by improving your energy efficiency habits. There is so much you can do in your everyday life, and Act4Eco is the right tool to lead you in the process of making your household more environment friendly.
You don’t know where to start? Just choose one of the Action Themes here on the platform:
- Improve your home
- Become a smart consumer
- Sustain efficient energy use
- Produce your own energy
- Manage your energy consumption
It does not matter what you choose to do, either building a brand new NZEB or switching off your electronic devices when you do not use them, what is important is to take action for the planet and learn how you can make the difference in the path towards energy efficiency.