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Arvet develops communities, visions and knowledge. It’s no coincidence that our name means ”heritage” in Swedish. We believe that building cities in wood is a brilliant way to put nature’s own resources to use, thereby taking care of the planet that we have all inherited. The Earth.

Arvet develops communities, visions and knowledge. It’s no coincidence that our name means ”heritage” in Swedish. We believe that building cities in wood is a brilliant way to put nature’s own resources to use, thereby taking care of the planet that we have all inherited. The Earth.

Arvet develops communities, visions and knowledge. It’s no coincidence that our name means ”heritage” in Swedish. We believe that building cities in wood is a brilliant way to put nature’s own resources to use, thereby taking care of the planet that we have all inherited. The Earth.

Strandparken, Sundyberg, Stockholm.

We built the world’s highest building totally in wood. And then we realised: Life’s too short to only build buildings.

Maybe we were just lucky. When we built Sweden’s first wood high-rise – which, at eight storeys, turned out to be a world first – we knew that wood had its advantages. It would, we reasoned, be quicker and more environmentally friendly to build in wood than in concrete and steel. But what we didn’t know, back then, was that using wood turned out to be one of the most effective choices that any of us can make on behalf of the Earth’s climate. 

By planting forests, we can grow buildings. Entire cities, even. All from something as natural as a tree. It’s brilliant. And yet few people know this.

That’s why we’ve stopped making buildings and decided to dedicate our time to sharing the secret of how we can begin to grow our cities. The cities of the future, we believe, must start out life as forests, and Arvet plans and manages that journey. This is all part of a larger operation: saving planet Earth.

We built the world’s highest building totally in wood. And then we realised: Life’s too short to only build buildings.

Maybe we were just lucky. When we built Sweden’s first wood high-rise – which, at eight storeys, turned out to be a world first – we knew that wood had its advantages. It would, we reasoned, be quicker and more environmentally friendly to build in wood than in concrete and steel. But what we didn’t know, back then, was that using wood turned out to be one of the most effective choices that any of us can make on behalf of the Earth’s climate.

By planting forests, we can grow buildings. Entire cities, even. All from something as natural as a tree. It’s brilliant. And yet few people know this.

That’s why we’ve stopped making buildings and decided to dedicate our time to sharing the secret of how we can begin to grow our cities. The cities of the future, we believe, must start out life as forests, and Arvet plans and manages that journey. This is all part of a larger operation: saving planet Earth.

We’re Swedish, and thus come from a country with a long history of forests and forestry. It took us until now, though, to understand that our forests may well be the most effective way to achieve sustainable development. 

Forests can do truly remarkable things. Most of us are aware that they can, for instance, store carbon dioxide and clean the air. But if you look closer, quite unexpected effects emerge, much further along the chain. 

For instance, using wood instead of concrete reduces human impacts on the world’s oceans. This is because the production of concrete requires enormous volumes of sand, which is often sourced from the ocean floor. It also results in the wide-spread contamination of seawater. Using forests cuts out these negative effect. 

Our work relates to the UN’s Global Goals as follows:

1. No Poverty.

To build in wood, we need forests. The cultivation of those forests in turn generates work and educational opportunities, and generates economic growth, a development which benefits everyone.

2. Zero Hunger.

Forests help to establish water catchments and create shade in hot climates. The resulting improvements in the quality of soil create opportunities to cultivate land for agricultural purposes. Increased vegetable and grain production provides food for people and livestock. When agriculture becomes more established, investments in sustainable infrastructure systems become more economically viable.

3. Good Health and Well-Being.

Wood buildings use a high proportion of natural, non-toxic materials. There are health benefits to simply being in wood buildings and wood cities: heart rates slow, stress hormone levels drop and body and mind repair themselves more rapidly.

4. Quality Education.

The knowledge-intensive nature of contemporary forestry and wood construction activities stimulate demand for new skillsets and educated workers.

5. Gender Equality.

Due to its reliance on heavy manual labour, construction has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. From tree planting to forestry to work on the building site, new relations to technology and digitalization in wood industries mean that everyone can contribute to societal development through their work.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation.

Forestry gives us the opportunity to restore water catchments to health and to rehabilitate ecosystems. In contrast to concrete and steel construction, which depletes and pollutes water bodies, wood construction is compatible with the principles of recycling.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy.

Contemporary advances in forest-based energy production mean that forests no longer need to be used as sources of charcoal. Charcoal used in the preparation of food and for heating today constitutes a serious threat to the environment and human health, particularly for women, who in large parts of the world spend more time within the domestic environment than men.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Wood construction improves global effectiveness in resource consumption and production. This helps to break the ties that bind economic development to detrimental environmental impacts.

9. No Poverty.

To build in wood, we need forests. The cultivation of those forests in turn generates work and educational opportunities, and generates economic growth, a development which benefits everyone.

10. Zero Hunger.

Forests help to establish water catchments and create shade in hot climates. The resulting improvements in the quality of soil create opportunities to cultivate land for agricultural purposes. Increased vegetable and grain production provides food for people and livestock. When agriculture becomes more established, investments in sustainable infrastructure systems become more economically viable.

11. Good Health and Well-Being.

Wood buildings use a high proportion of natural, non-toxic materials. There are health benefits to simply being in wood buildings and wood cities: heart rates slow, stress hormone levels drop and body and mind repair themselves more rapidly.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production.

Our methods ensure sustainable management and the effective use of natural resources. Through education, people build up the values, knowledge and skills needed to engage in the sustainable development of their societies.

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Contact

Midskeppsgatan 33, 120 66 Stockholm.
info@arvet.se

Arne Olsson

Arne Olsson

Co-founder
CEO
+46 70-527 30 64
arne.olsson@arvet.se

Sandra Frank

Sandra Frank

Co-founder
Executive Vice President
Marketing & Global movement
+46 70-555 64 62
sandra.frank@arvet.se

Lars Berglund

Lars Berglund

Co-founder
Executive Vice President
Business Relations
+46 70-232 98 98
lars.berglund@arvet.se

Kenneth Wilén

Kenneth Wilén

Co-founder
Executive Vice President
Head of Strategies & Business Partnerships
+46 70-308 98 92
kenneth.wilen@arvet.se

Jonas Brandt

Jonas Brandt

Co-founder
CFO
+46 70-634 65 67
jonas.brandt@arvet.se