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Timber Recycling for Wood Energy

The recycling of flood-resistant wooden construction materials as wood energy (which is burned in place of fossil fuels) contributes to both adaptation and mitigation.

For materials to be used effectively for energy conservation, besides being low-energy intensive for first time use and durable in service, it is important that they are readily recyclable. Wood products are among the most popular materials for recycling and the recycling rates for these products are increasing. When recycling wood after service life of these products has been completed, they can usually be used as fuel.

These and additional adaptation and mitigation benefits of construction timber are described in the measures Construction Timber to Improve Thermal Comfort and Flood-Resistant Construction Timber.