Journal article
Consumer attitudes towards timber as a construction material and towards timber frame houses - selected findings of a representative survey among the German population



Publication Details
Authors:
Gold, S.; Rubik, F.
Publisher:
ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication year:
2009
Journal:
Journal of Cleaner Production
Pages range:
303-309
Volume number:
17
Issue number:
2
Start page:
303
End page:
309
Number of pages:
7
ISSN:
0959-6526

Abstract
This paper presents selected findings from a representative consumer survey of the German population exploring the image of timber as a construction material in general, and of timber frame houses in particular. The study found that prejudice regarding the deficiency of timber as a construction material and of timber frame houses, in terms of fire resistance, durability and stability, persists in the minds of consumers. On the other hand, timber as a construction material and timber frame houses have a positive association with well-being, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Although these "soft" criteria are important factors in the choice of a certain building construction mode, these attributes are not sufficient, on their own, to trigger the choice of timber as a construction material. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Keywords
Consumer, Timber, Timber frame houses

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