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Perceptions, attitudes and interest of Swedish architects towards the use of wood frames in multi-storey buildings
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development. (Ecotechnology)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development. (Ecotechnology)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering and Sustainable Development. (Ecotechnology)
2011 (English)In: Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ISSN 0921-3449, Vol. 55, no 11, 1013-1021 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Use of wood frames from sustainable forestry instead of non-wood frames in multi-storey buildings can reduce primary energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in construction. However, construction actors might have different perceptions towards wood frames than towards steel and concrete frames. Such perceptions may influence the actors' decision to adopt wood frames. In this study we use a web-based questionnaire to assess Swedish architects' perceptions, attitudes and interest towards steel, concrete and wood frames in multi-storey buildings (n = 412). Results indicate that the responding architects find concrete the most suitable frame material in buildings of 3-8 storeys, mainly because of the performance of concrete with regards to the engineering aspects (e.g. stability and fire safety) that were considered important in the choice of frame material. Although wood is considered the least suitable frame material, the overall attitude towards, and interest in, using wood is positive and related to the perceived environmental benefits of wood. This may derive from an increased discussion of and information about the environmental impact of buildings. Wood may be perceived as new and innovative while not considered as adequately proven as steel and concrete with regards to engineering aspects.

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2011. Vol. 55, no 11, 1013-1021 p.
Keyword [en]
Architects; Attitude; Frame material; Multi-storey buildings; Sweden; Wood
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14099DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2011.05.012ISI: 000295190400017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79960967710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14099DiVA: diva2:428537
Available from: 2011-06-30 Created: 2011-06-30 Last updated: 2011-12-12Bibliographically approved

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