The proportion of prefabricated new detached and semi-detached houses receiving planning permission from January to July 2017 in Germany has risen to be 19.6% of the total.
FIM expect a similar trend to emerge in the UK. Prefabricated houses tend to use more timber in their construction than traditional building methods.
UPM-Kymmene Corporation of Helsinki is running a feasibility study on building a biorefinery in Germany utilising hardwood to produce bio-based chemical feedstock commercially for sale to the manufacturing sector, including textiles, PET bottles and packaging.
This is yet another example of the expanding use of timber in the new sector of demand from bio-energy and bio-fuels.