RESOURCES FROM THE REGION AND FOR THE REGION.
Rooted as we are in the region of Surselva, it makes complete sense for us primarily to make use of the resources that nature has made available in our immediate surroundings. These resources include timber and stone. Restricting our use of timber and stone to that which comes from the region enables us to make an important contribution to the principle of sustainable development.
The energy we use to make our products is also renewable and home-generated. The photovoltaic systems that we have installed on the roofs of our buildings produce a volume of electricity that is nearly double what we need for production. The annual surplus of around 220,000 kWh is fed into the grid.
TIMBER FROM OUR REGION.
Timber is a carbon-neutral resource and, given proper forest management, is entirely renewable. Every cubic metre used in construction is a storehouse of CO2 that helps to protect the atmosphere and stabilise our climate. Moreover, once its service life has come to an end, wood can be disposed of in a carbon-neutral manner, and even serve as a source of energy. When manufacturing our products, we intentionally make use of wood from different tree-species that are harvested in sustainably managed local forests.
STONE FROM OUR REGION.
Our stone-supply policy is the same as that for timber. We do not buy stone from distant countries, even if doing so would be less expensive in certain cases, and we limit our supply to the beautiful stone that comes from our region – stone that we excavate from our own stone quarry.
10 GOOD ARGUMENTS FOR SWISS TIMBER.
Swiss timber . . .
- Is the main source of revenue for the Swiss forestry sector
- Enables diverse benefits provided by the Swiss Forest Service
- Promotes biodiversity thanks to careful forest management
- Provides protection against natural hazards
- Secures forests for sports and recreation
- Is the most important renewable resource in Switzerland
- Helps to protect the climate when used to build homes
- Creates jobs in the Swiss timber sector
- Ensures short transport distances when used as fuel and a building material
- Requires less grey energy than concrete and other building materials
Images: cutting of timber courtesy of Graubünden Holz