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Dweller Preferences for Wood as a Load-Bearing Material in Residential Buildings

Francisco X. Aguilar, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, francisco.aguilar@slu.se , Anders Roos, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, anders.roos@slu.se , Antti Haapala, University of Eastern Finland, Finland, antti.haapala@uef.fi , Katja Lähtinen, Natural Resources Institute Finland, katja.lahtinen@luke.fi , Matleena Kniivilä, Natural Resources Institute Finland, matleena.kniivila@luke.fi , Hans Fredrik Hoen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, hans.hoen@nmbu.no
 
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Francisco X. Aguilar, Anders Roos, Antti Haapala, Katja Lähtinen, Matleena Kniivilä and Hans Fredrik Hoen (2023), "Dweller Preferences for Wood as a Load-Bearing Material in Residential Buildings", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 38: No. . http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/112.00000537

Forthcoming: 31 May 2023
© 2023 F. X. Aguilar, A. Roos, A. Haapala, K. Lähtinen, M. Kniivilä and H. F. Hoen
 
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Multi-storey buildingwoodstructural constructionstated preferencesmultinomial logistic regression
 

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Abstract

The wider use of wood as a load-bearing framing material can advance climate action by storing carbon in long-lived products. Substitution of traditional materials such as brick, concrete, and steel will be partly determined by dweller preferences. Unknown preferences allowed, we elicited stated choices for the following load-bearing materials in residential construction: (i) primarily wood and (ii) wood in combination with other materials, over the use of (iii) traditional (e.g., brick, concrete, steel). Stated choices with an opt-out option gathered from over 7,000 adults residing across seven European nations were modelled using a weighted multinomial logistic regression. Among our explanatory variables, past experience and knowledge dominated higher preferences toward wood over traditional materials. Negative attitudes related to wood harvesting had a strong inverse effect. Preferences show that primarily wood and wood in combination with other materials were perceived as two distinct load-bearing products. A concerted effort to better inform the public on the green credentials and performance features of wood might be necessary to increase its use in European residential load-bearing framing.

DOI:10.1561/112.00000537