Russia’s construction sector can take a leaf out of the Swedes experience

Alexander Nyberg, an architect at Swedish Wood, shares about Sweden’s wood construction efforts at a panel discussion at ARCH Moscow. Image: Hans E Andersson

Russia has substantial access to forest raw material, making it an important player in the forest industry. But for news about the latest trends in wood construction, Russia’s major architecture fair ARCH Moscow turned to Sweden.

This year ARCH Moscow was held from May 24 – 2 8. Sweden’s participation was a collaboration between Swedish Wood, the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Association of Architects.

Alexander Nyberg, an architect at Swedish Wood, and Josef Eder of the practice General Architecture talked about the growing interest in wood construction in Sweden.

In addition to looking at specific wooden buildings, it proved useful to consider the development of wood construction over time, through the prism of the Swedish Timber Prize’s 50-year history. Progress has been accelerating, with the scope and breadth of wood construction expanding in Sweden, said Alexander Nyberg.

“We wanted to talk about the factors that lie behind this trend. It would not have been possible without the forestry policy that we’ve been pursuing since the early 1900s, which means that we now have greater access to forest raw material than ever before.

“The climate issue and increasing concerns about the accelerating concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are also driving the growing interest in wood construction. Wood is a renewable construction material that absorbs carbon dioxide, with photosynthesis directly countering the greenhouse effect for a positive impact on the climate.”

Other factors behind the growth of wood construction include the technical advances in new products and construction systems. Off-site, prefabrication in controlled, efficient production environments also ensure good quality and short lead times.

Apart from cost efficiency and environmental benefits, scientific findings also show that wooden interiors are good for health and well-being. It is no wonder that wood construction around the world is garnering considerable interest.