COVID-19 and how it affects our work spaces by contributing to reduction in carbon emissions

8.04.2020 | News

Are our homes designed for remote work? COVID-19 has changed the location of work from office spaces to our homes for the foreseeable future. This raises an important question: will we see a long-term reduction in carbon emissions due to restrictions in movement of people and the economy? Homes – if built from wood – function well for humans and are a valid means of carbon storage. 

COVID-19 and how it affects our work spaces by contributing to reduction in carbon emissions 

Changed location of work – wooden walls to bring balance 

Architects and the professionals in the construction industry may be considering whether or not remote work is here to stay. Is there a radical need to adjust the design of domestic spaces? And will traditional offices disappear as a result? Perhaps there will be no revolution, but rather an evolution of how working at home will incrementally  change the home set-up.

 

Working from home due to increase 

If there were to be a 25-30 % increase in working at home (as recent trend report suggests in ArchDaily*), then the home environment should be developed to better support work performance. As studies **) indicate that wood has a positive psychological and stress-reducing effect on people – it is a good reason for considering wood as a construction material.

 

Reduction in carbon emissions – wood is carbon-binding 

COVID-19 may bring short-term benefits in the reduction of carbon emissions due to restrictions in movement of people and the downturn of the global economy. As history has shown, during the previous financial crisis (in 2008) emissions dropped; however, they climbed back by 5 % immediately afterwards***). Long-term reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved by increasing the use of wood. Wood is a carbon-binding, renewable and recyclable material. Perhaps it feels off topic  to discuss wood when the crisis at hand concerns the health of human beings. The most important thing is to save as many lives as possible.

 

Stay home and stay safe,

Aalto Haitek team

*) Pola Mora. “Trends Report: How Architects are working from Home” 31 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 3 Apr 2020. <https://www.archdaily.com/936691/trends-report-how-architects-are-working-from-home/> ISSN 0719-8884

**) https://woodforgood.com/news-and-views/2014/05/15/wood-construction-reduces-stress-and-offers-a-healthy-living-environment/

***) https://www.hs.fi/ulkomaat/art-2000006462847.html

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