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Contractor BAM is going to build a factory for wooden houses in The Netherlands. From 2025 onwards, at least 1,000 wooden homes a year will be manufactured in this 10,000m2 facility. That is more than 42% of all the homes that BAM currently builds in a year. BAM is one of the largest residential builders in the Netherlands.
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The factory is indicative of the transition to more sustainable renewable materials: more wood, less concrete and steel. According to Pablo van der Lugt, senior lecturer at TU Delft, this transition is slow in coming but irreversible. In the newspaper AD, he says that higher prices for concrete and steel can be expected, because the production of these materials causes many CO2 emissions: more than 10% of the total Dutch CO2 emissions. Wood, on the other hand, stores CO2. That should also be included in the calculation for the Environmental Performance of Buildings (MPG). Incidentally, wood prices are also high at the moment, but that is a temporary effect of the reduced production during the coronapandemic, according to Van der Lugt.

Last month, 80 organisations, including governments and developers, signed a covenant agreeing that by 2025, one in five new houses in Amsterdam will be made of wood. Last year, 200 Dutch residential builders and project developers signed a manifesto stating that timber construction is the future.

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