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2016-10-19

Kährs Holding AB: Kährs Group in unique research project on wood's effects on indoor climate

Wood releases heat when it's cold - and cools down temperatures when
it's hot. This means that using wood floors, ceilings and walls, for
example, can contribute to saving energy. This is one of the
conclusions of an extensive, pan-European research project on the
effects of wood on indoor climate. In the project Wood2New, the
industry, including Kährs Group, cooperates with scientists to
stimulate increased use of wood in interiors.

[image]Photo by Kährs, wood floor oak Essex

We spend, on average, 90 per cent of our lives indoors. This means
that the air quality and indoor temperature not only affects our
health, but also our quality of life. But exactly in what way and how
much has previously not been mapped out. In order to fill this gap in
existing research, an international research project was initiated in
2014 in which a number of wood industry companies and universities
participate.

"We were lucky to be able to engage such committed partners in Europe,
including Kährs," says Yrsa Cronhjort at the Aalto University in
Finland, who is project coordinator of Wood2New.

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to creating
competitive and sustainable wood based interior products and systems
for modern wood constructions through:

· Identifying opportunities and limitations for using wood interior
elements.

· Examining if, and how wood may affect human health.
· Developing, designing and evaluating concepts for sustainability,
value-adding, multifunctional wood based interior products and
systems.

· Developing business models based on the acquired facts of how wood
affects health.

The research project is conducted, apart from the Aalto University,
also at the Linköping University, Holzforschung Austria, Norsk
TreTeknisk Institutt (Norway) Building Research Establishment Ltd
(UK), European Confederation of Woodworking Industries and
Technisches Büro für Chemie - Dr. Karl Dobianer.

"The results will be presented at a seminar at Linköping University in
February 2017 and a final report is expected at the latest in March.
But we have already reached some interesting results in different
parts of the project. Apart from the purely technical aspects, we
have also measured the emotional aspects of wood through using focus
groups in a number of countries. It's interesting to note that
irrespective of culture, wood is perceived in the same way - i.e. as
natural, warm and cosy," Yrsa Cronhjort says.

The project is part of the international program WoodWisdom-Net+
Research, aimed at strengthening the competitiveness and
sustainability of Europe's forest and wood industry by developing
long-term cooperation between different players. Head of the project
at Kährs Group is the company's Environmental Ambassador Bruce Uhler.
Read more about the project on www.wood2new.org

For more information, please contact:
Bruce Uhler, Environmental Ambassador, Kährs Group, tel: +46 70 253 04
76

Helén Johansson, Corporate Communication, Kährs Group, tel: +46 70 364
60 30

Yrsa Cronhjort, Architect SAFA, Aalto University in Finland, tel: +358
50 566 0802

About Kährs Group
Kährs Group is a world-leading flooring manufacturer in hardwood and
resilient flooring with a number of strong brands in its product
portfolio, including Kährs, Karelia and Upofloor. The Company's
innovations have shaped the industry throughout history and Kährs
Group is dedicated to providing the market with innovative new
flooring solutions. Kährs Group, which delivers products to more than
70 countries, is the market leader in Sweden, Finland, Norway and
Russia and holds a strong position in other key markets, such as the
UK and Germany. The Group has approximately 1,600 employees and
annual sales of EUR 300 million. www.kahrsgroup.com

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