The Ministry of Development is expected to announce soon the new program “I save at home”, which was completed in the first phase in 2013.

With this program, about 40,000 houses in our country were subsidized with community funds for energy savings through the replacement of frames, shading, thermal insulation of the building shell, the replacement of the boiler, the installation of solar water heaters, etc.

According to press reports, the new program will be the same as the previous one. This does not make the world of wood happy, because:

We are living in a time when climate change and energy saving are constantly at the center of global interest. The heretical views on Donald Trump’s ecology did not diminish, but rather elevated the ecological issue in the eyes of humanity.

Wood is the most environmentally friendly material and has the lowest carbon footprint. Our ministry should also, within the framework of the “Save at Home” program, give property owners stronger incentives to install wooden frames or make wooden exterior wall coverings, giving the specific constructions a higher subsidy.

According to the “Saving at Home” program, all materials are treated equally. This option, however, is an oxymoron (if not completely absurd), because energy-efficient materials such as aluminum and plastics are subsidized, in the first phase, to save energy in the second phase!

It is clear that this program needs a correction in the issue of wooden constructions, which in addition to saving energy will increase the consumption of wood outdoors, resulting in the presence of wood to soften the frost emitted by concrete and others. cold materials such as aluminum, tiles, etc.

We repeat on this site: In a country like Greece, where tourism is its heavy industry, the use of wood to create a pleasant environment in residential areas, with ecological aesthetics, is a strategic development option of great importance.

It should be noted that the use of wood is an option with a slightly increased cost compared to the established options, but it hits the powerful in our country large, small and widespread interests of concrete and aluminum.

Carbon footprint

Let’s see what the carbon footprint is, which the Ministry of Development and Environment voluntarily ignores.

A carbon footprint of a material or product is the size of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during its life cycle, including its production, use, and final disposal, within one year.

Using wood from managed sustainable forests is the best way to reduce the carbon footprint of building constructions.

Thanks to photosynthesis, for every 1 cubic meter of wood produced, trees retain 1 ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emit 0.7 tons. oxygen.

Carbon is stored in wood, as well as in wood products, such as furniture and other wooden constructions, throughout their lives. It returns to the atmosphere only when they burn.

So for every cubic meter of wood we use instead of other building materials, we save about a tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the main gas responsible for global warming and alarming climate change.

In addition to the environmental friendliness of wood as a raw material, wooden frames are also the most efficient in terms of energy savings. Using wood is the most competitive way to achieve high thermal efficiency of buildings.