Sustainability and the environment

Wood is a renewable resource which is available in large quantities and offers the most varied types of application. 

 

There are 3.96 million hectares of forest in Austria - this corresponds to 47 % of the total surface area. 1.1 billion m³ of wood is available for use from the Austrian forest. In addition, 31 million m³ of wood is regenerated every year, of which only two thirds are used. Strict forest regulations make certain that after a tree is removed from the forest a new one is planted, which ensures the best levels of sustainability. 

 

Naturally we are PEFC-certified. We were the first Austrian timber manufacturer to be awarded this certificate. This provides our customers with additional assurance that the wood used for our products originates from sustained forest cultivation. 

 

As it grows, the forest stores levels of carbon. If wood is not used, the decaying process in the forest sets the carbon free again. By using wooden products, this carbon remains stored in the wood over a period of many years and thereby contributes to the alleviation of the CO2 problem.

Products made from wood use substantially less energy during their production than, for example, steel, plastic or concrete. Accordingly, these resources are conserved through the use of wood. 

 

When processing wood there is no waste. Any surplus wood is converted, for example, into paper or environmentally friendly fuels. 

 

Gluing: 

In gluing our glulam and glulam ceiling elements we use a melamine urea resin glue. 

 

The glue is waterproof and weather-resistant and produces light glued joints, which do not darken over time. The suitability of the glue and hardeners used has been examined by the MPA University of Stuttgart. It has been ascertained that the glue used for the production of glued construction components is suitable for interior and exterior use. This gluing system is low in formaldehyde - there are no increased levels of formaldehyde in completely hardened products in comparison to un-glued spruce wood. The waste water left over from the gluing process does not contain any dangerous chemicals and can be disposed of via the normal sewage system. The finished glued products may be placed in direct contact with food. 

 

We glue our finger-jointed battens using a PVAc synthetic resin dispersion glue. 

 

This glue bonds physically through the evaporation of the water. The gluing process produces a flexible glued joint, which is water resistant but not resistant to UV light. The glue is completely non-toxic and free from formaldehyde both in its liquid and hardened forms.