A massive wood frame solution enables significant reductions in buildings’ life cycle emissions
Part of the collaboration development work was to calculate the carbon footprint for a typical Finnish office building with a concrete-steel frame, and compare that to a massive wood and low carbon concrete framed office design. In addition to the office building, the carbon footprint was also calculated for a typical Finnish residential building with different alternative building frame options. The first option was a concrete element framed building, based on an actual building project located in Espoo. Furthermore, a carbon footprint was calculated for two alternative wood framed building designs. The first one was a wooden conversion design of the concrete frame and the second a design optimized for wood from the beginning. The plot, goals and scope were the same in all of the calculations.
Full report of the emission calculations on the residential building can be downloaded here
Full report of the emission calculations on the office building can be downloaded here
The aim of the carbon footprint calculations was to gain knowledge of the emissions of different frame options. In this collaboration the building was not holistically optimized towards low carbon, instead the focus was on developing optimal low carbon frame solutions. Read more about the background of the buildings from here.
The calculations have been conducted according to the Method for the Whole Life Carbon Assessment of Building by Ministry of the Environment (version: 2021). Read more about the method here.