The "THG-Holzbau" study carried out at the Ruhr University Bochum is unambiguous in its conclusion: in order to protect our climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, more residential buildings must be built in timber – starting today.
Although the population of Germany is declining, the demand for housing is still on the increase. According to the "empirica" forecast, this trend will continue at least until 2030. There are many reasons for this development: growing prosperity, a trend towards smaller households and an ageing population are only some of them.
In order to meet the demand, there is currently a building boom – which means of course that there is also a greater demand for construction materials. This aspect was examined in the "THG-Holzbau" research project under the auspices of professor Annette Hafner. It aimed at identifying the impact of specific construction materials on climate change.