Secure buildings in timber and biobased materials – step 1

The project ran between November 2022 and August 2023.

The construction and property sector accounts for approximately 21% of the greenhouse gas emissions generated in Sweden (Boverket 2022). A large part of these emissions comes from non-renewable materials used in new construction and renovation. It is of great importance to reduce these emissions, including by building with more renewable and circular materials, such as wood.

The construction of secure properties run by the government will increase in the coming years. The project explores whether wood can replace steel and concrete and contribute to reducing the sector’s climate impact. The fact-gathering shows that there is potential to replace and substitute more wood and bio-based materials in  secure buildings but also save CO2e/m2. Some already existing technology can be used through more information to the customer and client, but improvements and innovations are also needed for increased application.


RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Specialfastigheter Sverige AB, NCC Building Sweden, IsoTimber AB, The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry and Swedish Wood.


The project’s total budget was 1 MSEK.

Read about Secure buildings with timber and biobased materials 2.0 – step 2.