The Future of Wood Construction: Opportunities and Barriers Based on Surveys in Europe and Chile
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Author/sLeszczyszyn, Ewa; Heräjärvi, Henrik; Verkasalo, Erkki; Garcia-Jaca, Javier; Araya-Letelier, Gerardo; [et al.]
The demand for wood has increased in recent years due to new technical possibilities and environmental concerns. This paper provides an analysis of the factors that affect the use of wood in the construction sector, and an assessment of their importance in individual countries and for groups of stakeholders. The study covers the technical, societal, political, economic, and gender aspects of wood construction, with the aim of increasing global understanding regarding national differences, the current situation, and the potential for further development. The subject was investigated using a survey, and the most important opportunities for and barriers to growth in the use of wood in the construction sector were selected, following a statistical analysis. The results indicate strong regional and cultural differences regarding the acceptance of some of the opportunities and barriers related to the development of wood construction. The findings indicate that there is a need to promote wood ...