As part of the National Timber Construction Observatory, CODIFAB and France Bois Forêt launched the fifth survey on the timber construction sector : more than 1000 companies responded on their activity in 2018. This survey, carried out by the Cellule Economique de la Construction de Bretagne (Brittany Construction Economic Unit), was initiated with the active participation of the regional inter-professions of the sector, gathered within France Bois Régions, the Union des Métiers du Bois – Fédération Française du Bâtiment and the French timber construction union, Afcobois.
Since 2014, the timber construction market had been impacted by the crisis in the construction sector, however with a delayed effect. 2016 was a particularly difficult year. Nevertheless, in two years, the market has regained its former glory and offers very good business prospects in the coming years.
In 2018, timber construction of collective housing increased by 19.4% and extension-elevation activity by 9.1%. In the short term, companies expect a significant upturn in these markets, which only really took off in 2016.
The individual home sector is not to be outdone, with a significant 20% increase in the number of projects in the diffuse sector, but especially in the grouped sector (+49%), for which many project owners are now opting for timber construction